Program of Forest Protection

The first national program related to forest pests was created in 1989. The program basic goals were survey and identification of insects present in forest plantations, being named PCMIF –Cooperative Program for Monitoring of Insects in Forests, congregating 16 companies from the forest sector, under the management and general coordination of IPEF.

In 1993, the Program entered a new stage, being named PCMIP – Cooperative Program to Forest Pests Management and searched for greater interaction among the associated companies, developing cooperative research projects.

In 1999 maturing of the Program incorporated the forest disease area being named Thematic Program for Integrated Pests Management, beginning the works with development of a research project in the area of identification and management of eucalyptus diseases.

In 2000, meeting the demand by the forest companies, the Program incorporated the forest fire control and started to be referred to as Forest Protection Program – PROTEF. The PROTEF coordinates several research and extension projects on forest pests management, with participation of 17 forest companies, associated and non-associated with IPEF.

PROTEF has carried out one of the main cooperative Forest Protection projects, which is the Cooperative Project for Invasive Pests Management in Eucalyptus Forests, since 2009, with participation of 4 research institutions (UNESP – Botucatu, EMBRAPA Meio Ambiente, EMBRAPA Florestas and UFV) and 15 forest companies from Brazil and Uruguay, with international acknowledgment.

Mission

Promoting establishment of the integrated management of the damaging agents to the forests, studying the pests, the phytopathogens and the occurrence of fires and their effects on the forest ecosystem. Developing also appropriated technologies to control, based on technical, economic, social and environmental aspects.

Goals

• Meeting the specific needs by the forest companies in the pest and forest fire management areas, searching for objective solutions, through research projects.
• Developing cooperative research projects among forest companies, universities, research institutions, and public and private companies.
• Seeking and implementing technological innovations associated with IPM and IDM in forests.
• Promoting information exchange among the forest sector companies.
• Forming, enhancing and qualifying experts, with focus on integrated pest management.
• Disclosing the information generated by research and development, mainly for the forest sector companies.




Instituto de Pesquisas e Estudos Florestais
Via Comendador Pedro Morganti, 3500 - Bairro Monte Alegre
CEP: 13415-000 - Piracicaba, SP - Brasil
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