Speeding up forest-based sector innovation at national level
The National Support Groups (NSGs) are vital focal points for FTP at national level. Typically, they are made up of various forest-based sector stakeholder groups in a specific country and bring together researchers and industry representatives, as well as national financial and governmental bodies.
The role of the NSGs is to mobilize national stakeholders in identifying common research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI) priorities and in formulating a national research and innovation agenda for their country. They draw up and communicate their country’s position on draft project documents, and their members also carry out active advocacy work with high-level authorities at national level.
The NSGs also implement FTP’s Vision 2040 and the FTP Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020 in their countries. Currently, FTP relies on the activities of the NSGs in 22 EU Member States, and in Norway, Switzerland and Russia. Each NSG is represented in the FTP Advisory Committee by its Chairperson.