In 2016, the UK forest-based sector stakeholders established full status as the UK National Support Group (NSG UK), after some years as observers. The aim of the group is to encourage and strengthen the participation of UK forest sector stakeholders in research activities, and to foster collaboration between UK and European businesses and researchers.

The NSG UK seeks to represent the interests of the UK sector in activities carried out by FTP, to help ensure that UK stakeholders’ views are taken into account within research programmes such as Horizon 2020. At a national level, the network aims to strengthen the UK’s innovative potential by encouraging UK organizations to undertake collaborative research and innovation projects and partnerships, and by sharing information about new initiatives, technologies and funding. 

Led by Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, a wide range of organizations from the UK forest-based sector are involved in the UK National Support Group, including the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) and the Timber Trade Federation (TTF).

Do you want to know more?

Are you a representative of a British company or organization and do you want to know what FTP can do to help you in the European arena?  Please contact the secretariat of the National Support Group of the UK (NSG UK).

Research projects

Significant current European research projects involving UK collaboration include:

  1. DIABOLO – Distributed, integrated and harmonised forest information for bioeconomy outlooks
  2. LIFE ObservaTree Project – UK-wide early warning detection system for tree pests and diseases
  3. nEUROSTRESSPEP – Novel biocontrol agents for insect pests from neuroendocrinology
  4. PESFOR-W – Payments for Ecosystem Services (Forests for Water)
  5. POnTE – Pest Organisms Threatening Europe
  6. SIMWOOD – Sustainable innovative mobilisation of wood
  7. SUMFOREST – Tackling the challenges in sustainable and multifunctional forestry through enhanced research coordination for policy decisions

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