The Slovenian Forestry Institute is a public research institute of national importance, which conducts basic and applied research on forests and forest landscapes, forest ecosystems, wildlife ecology, hunting, forest management, and other uses of the resources and services forests provide. The scientific knowledge from these fields helps further the research on forest biodiversity and its management in relation to climate change. As part of its research programme and related studies, the Institute also provides forestry and environmental services in the public interest. SFI also provides scientific knowledge on all aspects of sustainable development, with the purpose of increasing knowledge and awareness of the importance of forests within the environment and the importance of forest management. In short, the Institute is a scientific, professional, and cultural storehouse for Slovenia’s relationship with its forests and the resources and services they provide.
The Slovenian Forestry Institute intensively monitors forests as part of the public forestry service. This includes surveying and recording forest degradation and damage, providing a diagnostic reporting service, developing an information system for research purposes, and monitoring forestry seeding and nursery activities. It also monitors emissions and sinks of greenhouse gases resulting from land use, land use change, and forestry.
In LANDSUPPORT, SFI has a major role in WP4 on monitoring, assessment and validation of project results; it is also involved in modeling activities under WP3 and in the development of a user interface under WP5.