- Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya)
- Ctra. Sant Llorenç de Morunys, km2 – 25280 Solsona – Catalunya (Spain)
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
CTFC is a forest research and training centre based in Solsona (Catalonia, Spain). CTFC was founded in 1996 as a consortium of 6 local and regional institutions (the Consell Comarcal del Solsonès, the University of Lleida, the Diputació de Lleida, the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation, the Centre de Desenvolupament Rural Integrat de Catalunya and the Catalan Government).
CTFC’s aims are: to contribute to the modernisation and competitiveness of forestry sector and to the sustainable development of environment in Mediterranean field, through training and technology transfer to society.
The research working programmes are: Forestry and forest management; Forest production (wood and bioenergy); Functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity; Socio-economics and forest policy; Forest fires and other disturbances; and Non-Wood Forest Products. Otherwise training is a transversal programme.
The CTFC’s activity is not merely restricted to competitive research but also includes technology and knowledge transfer and training, which represents a considerable volume of its activity, making use of its results to improve the competitiveness of the forestry and rural sectors in the Mediterranean.
Technology transfer in the form of agreements with the private sector and public administrations is complemented with the organisation of seminars for the general public and agents from the sector (managers, owners, experts, the administration, scientists, etc.) at national and international levels, contributing to the transfer of this knowledge and the generation of debate. In the training sphere, the CTFC’s activity embraces everything from basic training for workers to life-long learning and specialised education in the form of post-graduate studies and master degrees (MEDfOR; MSc European Forestry).
CTFC’s experience and expertise focus on European projects on forestry, environment, rural development, biodiversity, equal opportunities, education and training, and since 2004 it is highly linked to issues of entrepreneurship through a specific training.
The Group of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the Non Wood Forest Products Department of CTFC is specialized in the research, technology transfer, training and business assessment on cultivation and wild harvesting of aromatic and medicinal plants. Since 1997 has participated in European projects (Life-Environment, Equal, Interreg IIIB and IIIC, Enpimed-CBC Med, Lifelong learning), in international cooperation (El Salvador, Morocco, Argentina, Andorra). It has founded the Catalan Association of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Producers (ACPPAM) managing the secretary between 2000-2010, having a close relationship with sector stakeholders, doing entrepreneurship assessment and technical training through courses, seminars and professional visits about agroforestry production, raw material transformation and herbs products commercialisation.