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LOURIZÁN, WORKING TO IMPROVE THE FORESTRY SECTOR SINCE 1943

LOURIZÁN, WORKING TO IMPROVE THE FORESTRY SECTOR SINCE 1943
22 March, 2017
Item published in Diario de Pontevedra on 03/21/2017. The Forestry Research Centre is currently working on the genetic improvement of the oak.

Founded in 1943, Lourizán Forestry Research Centre is the oldest centre in Spain. In today's society it is unthinkable a developed and sustainable future for the forestry sector in Galicia that is not interested in scientific research. Lourizán Forestry Research Centre (CIF) was founded in 1943 with the aim of responding to the problems that arise in the forest productive sector through a research of proven quality, arising from a close relationship with other centres in this area and in other ones.

The objectives of the CIF include improving the productivity and multifunctionality of forest areas; increase the quality of goods, services and forestry products; promote the sustainability of forest ecosystems and the management of forest resources; improve the intangible goods provided by the forest spaces (biodiversity, Carbon fixation, availability of quality water, conservation of the soil resource, landscape ...); ensure the durability, adaptability and resistance of forest ecosystems against disturbance factors (climate change, fires, diseases and pests), and transfer knowledge, information and useful materials to the forest sector.

The item also speaks of 3 existing departments in the centre, the project on genetic improvement of the oak, the consideration of the Lourizán’s garden as one of the best botanical gardens in Europe and Montero Ríos’ legacy.