A revised Strategic Research Agenda for the Forest-based Sector 

The first Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for the forest-based sector was drawn up in 2006. Sustainability, development and manufacturing of innovative products, resource availability, multiple forest use, biodiversity, the production of bio-energy and energy efficiency - all these areas were tackled. In the implementation of FTPs Strategic Research Agenda, more than 230 European forest sector-relevant research projects, with a total EU funding of € 717 million have been launched since 2007.

Now the forest-based sector has produced its revised Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020, based on a revised Vision for 2030, more keenly aligned with current trends and with new EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020. The revised SRA 2020 offers the perspective of the forest-based private sector in support of public sector initiatives to stimulate innovation like Horizon 2020. It aims to show public and private stakeholders how they can work together to achieve common objectives.

Nineteen Research and Innovation Areas (RIAs) have been identified as key to unlocking the potential of the forest-based sector and ensuring its future competitiveness. The RIAs are organised under four Strategic Themes; 'The forest-based sector in a biobased society', ‘Responsible management of forest resources’, ‘Creating industrial leadership’, and ‘Fulfilling consumer needs’. The 19 RIAs are described in detail in the SRA Annex. The documents were launched at the 8th FTP conference in Barcelona in March 2013.

Both documents can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Revised FTP Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRA) for 2020 (2013)

Annex to the FTP SRA for 2020 (2013)