INSTITUTE OF FOREST ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH
IFER – Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research is an independent private research organization, focused on issues of productive forest ecology. IFER develops detection methods to gauge forest status, economic management, and determining the volume quality of stock wood mass. It makes use of data on the state of forest ecosystems, from which it proposes adaptation measures applicable under operating conditions. IFER works for the owners and administrators of forest holdings; ministries, government administration, national parks, research and academic departments not only in the Czech Republic but around the world. IFER results directly influence developments in some types of forestry research, such as the growth tables of major tree species covered by legislation. IFER has played its formative role in the modern concept of economic planning.
IFER is successfully bringing together technological development with research findings and activities, leading to the practical and commercial application of research results. From 1995 onwards IFER has been focused on developing technologies for computer-aided field data collection enabling data management and processing. This technology has been developed into the commercially available Field-Map product, combining a wholly integrated hardware and software solution. It is used in forestry research, management and as a corporate information system. Field-Map is inherent in nearly all IFER activities, at one and the same time supporting research activities and giving the feedback needed for ongoing development. Field-Map currently has a whole host of users in the Czech Republic and in a further 40 countries around the world.
FOR THE PUBLIC
- Earth Day for elementary school pupils
- Summer School Stock-take for college students
- Internships for college students
- Participation at trade fairs and conferences
- Field-Map Educational International User Conference
- Dendrometric laboratory