INRA expects to further develop this lasting collaboration during the TRANZFOR project duration and beyond. Measures taken to achieve this will include the extension of agreements, the detachment of personnel to Australasian partners and the setting up of a permanent collaboration committee beyond the period of this programme and covering other topics.
FR has established research links with both CSIRO and Scion, and there is a signed memorandum of understanding between FR and Scion. This was put in place two years ago and the current proposal represents an opportunity to build on and maintain these links in the future. To date these links have focused on common forestry problems of windthrow, pests and disease (risk and tree protection), and tree breeding - all areas where there are close similarities between British and New Zealand forestry. FR/New Zealand links were also established in 2006 on the subject of developing forestry biomass supply chains and bioenergy methodologies. With CSIRO, FR has also had close links and occasional exchange of scientists in the past.
ISA has been engaged since 2000 with the calibration of process-based models developed by CSIRO to Portugal, some of this work made in collaboration with local pulp and paper industries. This research has been made in collaboration with CSIRO researchers including occasional exchange of scientists between the two countries. ISA expects to further develop this lasting collaboration during TRANZFOR project duration and beyond. Measures taken to achieve this will include the extension of agreements and the detachment of personnel to Australasian partners for further refinement of the existing models and also the calibration of more complex physiologically based models available in CSIRO. The area of implementation of models into simulators and decision support systems of different types and spatial scales – from management unit to landscape and large regions – is one of the expertises at ISA that will be transferred to CSIRO and SCION.
Scion and CSIRO have long records of maintaining lasting collaborations – for instance with various Universities in New Zealand, Australia and overseas. Scion and CSIRO Forest Biosciences already have a formal collaboration since 2005 and this collaborative arrangement has recently been renewed. Scion and CSIRO programmes are well aligned, and are subject to ongoing discussion by both organisations. Scion has maintained a decade long collaboration with INRA in the area of forest biodiversity, genomics and tree breeding with numerous science exchanges and joint projects during that time. This new exchange scheme will give Scion and CSIRO the opportunity to develop and widen the partnership to include additional EU organisations. Our research programmes and priorities within New Zealand and Australia are long term and we expect that these linkages will become long term once developed.
The TRANZFOR project will be used to prepare a more permanent cooperation framework and exchange system between partners beyond the project duration. In the final year of the project, one of the task of the Project Management Team (PMT) will be to elaborate a joint agenda including most promising future scientific and institutional orientations for research cooperation. This agenda will be presented and discussed at the final TRANZFOR workshop.