One of the main outputs of EUFORE is a strategic R&I agenda for forestry and the forest-based sector (SRIA), along with accompanying implementation measures and stakeholder commitments.
Why do we need a SRIA?
EUFORE’s work creates a solid collaborative basis for a European Partnership on Forestry. European Partnerships are Horizon Europe initiatives which bring together the European Commission and public and/or private partners to support the development and implementation of an R&I programme.
EUFORE supports the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research Strategic Working Group on Forests and Forestry Research and Innovation – SCAR FOREST – which is developing a European Partnership on Forestry.
SCAR was established in 1974 and it contains representatives of more than 35 countries (EU Member States and Observers). It is focused on R&I priorities to address Europe’s challenges in agriculture, fisheries, food systems, forestry, and the wider bioeconomy. SCAR and its dedicated Working Groups is a key platform for co-creating five Horizon Europe Partnerships.
A Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda – SRIA – is a precondition to launch a Partnership and needs to be agreed with the European Commission. Hence, the R&I agenda setting requires an extensive stakeholder consultation process. EUFORE supports SCAR FOREST for the preparation of a possible European R&I Partnership on Forests and Forestry for a 7-year period, launched during the 2nd Strategic Plan of Horizon Europe in 2025-2028.