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The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees.

The IUFRO Research Group 7.01.00 “Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems”. The main missions are to promote international cooperation, to encourage an interactive process between scientists, policy makers and representatives of local to regional governments and institutions, in order to share scientific knowledge and harmonize effective strategies aimed to reduce the risk for forests related to air pollution and climate change.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. COST has a very specific mission and goal. It contributes to reducing the fragmentation in European research investments and opening the European Research Area to cooperation worldwide.

COST Action FP0903 - Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment (MAFor). This Action creates a platform of experts from different fields, with the following main objectives:

  • To increase understanding of state and potential of forest mitigation and adaptation to climate change in a polluted environment
  • To reconcile process-oriented research, long-term monitoring and applied modelling at comprehensive forest research sites (Supersites).
  European Commission - Environment
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.
  United Nations Environment Programme - Environment for development
  World Meteorological Organization

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

  United Nations - Framework Convention on Climate Change

Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution


The Working Group on Effects provides information on the degree and geographic extent of the impacts on human health and the environment of major air pollutants, such as sulphur and nitrogen oxides, ozone and heavy metals. To organize the research and monitoring activities, the International Cooperative Programmes (ICPs) report to the Working Group on Effects, in particular:

ICP Vegetation - The International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops
ICP Forests
- The International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests


ICP Modelling and Mapping - The International Cooperative Programme on Modelling and Mapping of Critical Levels and Loads and Air Pollution Effects, Risks and Trends

European Plant Science Organisation - The European Plant Science Organisation, an independent academic organization. The EPSO’s mission is to improve the impact and visibility of plant science in Europe.

Further links

    Corpo Forestale dello Stato
    European Environment Agency
    European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP)
    Forests Europe - Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forest
    Grand Site Sainte-Victoire 
    Inventaire Forestier National
    Italian Agricultural Research Council

Istituto per le Piante da Legno e l’Ambiente

    Joint Research Centre - Institute for Environment and Sustainability
    Office National des Forêts

Parc National du Mercantour