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Intensive Forest Systems

Scion and Future Forests Research Ltd

The problem: The Intensive Forest Systems programme addressed problems associated with improving productivity with good wood and disease resistance, reducing costs in forestry, and added value, by focusing on three themes: The biophysical determinants of wood formation and its properties; The “virtual forest” – integrated modelling to maximise value and minimise risk; and Resource monitoring in space and time.
Key stakeholders: Researchers, industry representatives involved in the technical steering team; the co-investors in FFR, and the wider sector.

Timeline: At the same time the bid for this research programme was approved in 2007 Future Forests Research Ltd (FFR) was set up to manage the research contracts that were given out to Scion. This was done to create more alignment with industry needs and resulted in different operating structures and shared risks for programme delivery. The funding was c. $3m pa with a wide range of different outcomes delivered to the sector. Examples include use of cutting edge forest measurement technologies for management, alternative inventory methods, and improved yield prediction. Key issues that were addressed during this programme included Scion and the industry jointly developing research topics, which aimed at achieving outcomes that the sector could use to address the problems. The Intensive Forest Systems programme finished on 30 September, 2013.

The ex-post case study aims to understand the research process and outcomes from a co-innovation perspective. The findings will be used to inform the design and implementation of Innovation Clusters in the recently-funded Growing Confidence MBIE-funded programme.

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