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Bundesamt für Wald (BFW)

Data Source: EFI EUROFOREST Portal
TitleBundesamt für Wald (BFW)
2nd TitleBundesforschungs- und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald, Naturgefahren und Landschaft; Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape; Federal Forest Office
CreatorBundesamt für Wald (BFW)
DescriptionBFW is a public authority of the Federal Government of Austria under the responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. BFW is responsible for implementing the Federal Act on Forest Reproductive Material and the Federal Act on Plant Protection. The assigned tasks are undertaken in view of practical needs and societal aspects. In doing so, BFW supports the executive bodies of the Republic of Austria in their legally binding and political commitments in the field of forests, catchment areas, protection against natural hazards, biodiversity conservation and landscape development. The Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW) is an autonomous sector research institute based on public law. The objective of the institute is to generate and disseminate knowledge on forests, natural hazards and landscapes. The activities of the Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape cover a broad range of areas subdivided into seven major fields of work: Research; Monitoring – inventory; Statutory tasks; Advisory services for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management; Advisory services for forest practice; Development of BFW as an institution. BFW is charged with periodic, Austria-wide forest inventories on the basis of legal commitments or international conventions. BFW maintains a number of permanent sample plots and measuring stations serving for the continuous or periodic assessment of structure and process factors in forest ecosystems, catchment areas and natural hazards. Continuing education and training for foresters are delivered by the two BFW-Forest Training Centres in Ort and Ossiach.
LanguageEnglish, German
Keywordsforest inventory; forest resources; silviculture; genetic resources; forest ecology; soils; forest protection; timberline; treeline; extension services; soils; continuing education; training; EFI member
TypeResearch institutions and departments
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 Published: February 2 2007 | Last updated: October 15 2012