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Update:April 1, 2019

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Forest research with a long-term perspective

Director General of FFPRI SawadaForests play an important role for sustaining life on earth. The Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) has a comprehensive research mission that includes the study of forest, forestry, and forest products to improve the quality of life on earth. During the 110-year history of FFPRI, numerous findings pertaining to the forest ecosystem functions, preservation of biodiversity, forestry practice, selection of superior tree varieties and forest products manufacturing have contributed to sustainable forest management. Forest products research has contributed to the widespread use of wood materials in a variety of markets. We intend to continue further research on the basis of these achievements for addressing global environmental issues, including contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Recent studies show that human activities have had enormous impact on diverse ecosystems in all parts of the world. The worldwide decrease of native forests and decline in land conservation has adversely affected water quality and forest ecosystems, which in turn have adversely affected human lives. It is essential to develop a holistic research program that addresses all facets of our forest ecosystems and strive for new technological breakthroughs. Accordingly, we plan to pursue research to develop disease resistant tree cultivars, improved forestry practice, sound forest ecosystems, and innovative forest products through partnerships in the fields of forest, forestry, forest products industries and forest tree breeding.

It is our belief that FFPRI should strengthen partnerships with industry, academia, and the general public and conduct strategic research in all aspects of forestry, forest products, and forest ecosystems. These partnerships will benefit a wide variety of industries, academia, and the general public. With this goal in mind, FFPRI plans to strengthen its leadership for domestic and international research institutions through the activities of the Research Cooperation Promotion Headquarters, Regional Research Centers, and the Forest Tree Breeding Center.

We look forward to your continued support and encouragement.

Haruo Sawada
Director General of FFPRI