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University of Aveiro

The University of Aveiro (UA) is one of 14 Portuguese public universities. Founded in 1973 it has evolved into one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal. Attended by ca.15,000 students in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the UA has achieved a significant position amongst higher education institutions in Portugal, being one of the top universities regarding the quality of its infrastructures, the strength of its research and the excellence of its staff.

The UA’s mission is to create and expand knowledge through cooperation and extension for the benefit of people and society; to undertake the project of global development and capacitation of the individual as well as to be active in the construction of societal relations and community. UA intervenes in a wide range of knowledge areas which reflect its multidisciplinary and innovative character being able to build competences in scientific and technical areas that meet the needs of business, industry and society.



Cesefor foundation is a non-profit private organization contributing to the integral development of the forestry sector through research, innovation and promoting sustainability in all production areas, giving priority to the conservation of natural resources. Its end users within this project are the private owners regional association (FAFCYLE) and the Regional Government of Castilla y León.



PEFC Spain

PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is the certification system of choice for small forest owners PEFC. With 38 endorsed national certification systems and more than 300 million hectares of certified forests.

PEFC Spain is formed by forest owners and industries associations, public governments, technology centers, universities and other social groups. Currently, more than 1,250 companies are PEFC certified in Chain of Custody and 1,9 millions of forest hectares and 19,500 owners and managers are PEFC certified in Spain.  
PEFC Spain has the mission of promoting and communicating the forest certification as the tool that guarantees and promotes Sustainable Forest Management and the use of forest certified products, contributing to the employment and development of rural areas.”


FSC International

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC sets standards for responsible forest management and enables consumers to make informed choices about the forest products they buy, to create positive change by engaging the power of market dynamics.

Currently FSC has more than 190 million of hectares as total certified area distributed in 82 countries and more than 31.250 chain of custody certified companies in a total of 120 countries.



Unimadeiras SA is a company based in Albergaria-a-Velha, Portugal, with a branch office in Figueira da Foz, Portugal. Founded in October 1974, Unimadeiras is the largest supplier of round wood for pulp, particle board and MDF in the Iberian Peninsula and has over 640 shareholders distributed throughout the country.

Among the main customers are some of the most important companies in the forestry sector in Portugal, such as The Navigator Company (former Portucel-Soporcel Group), Altri, Sonae Indústria, LusoFinsa, Palser, Europac & C and Gesfinu.

Unimadeiras SA takes its social responsibility very seriously.

It deals with over 640 shareholders and over 1000 timber suppliers spread across the country, creating, directly and indirectly, more than 2500 jobs and contributing to about 20% of national market share.


The Galicia Forestry Association

The Galicia Forestry Association (AFG) is a private non for profit organisation created in 1986 consisting of forest owners (individual private forests and private comunal neighborhood forest). Its activities principally focus on providing technical support and representing their members before the forest Administration, industries and institutions. Other purposes are to achieve the sustainable management of the Galician forests as well as launching and participating in initiatives related to the defence of the forests and the enhancement of their products. 


Provence Model Forest Association

Provence Model Forest works to value forest resources by providing transversal management solutions adapted to “its” territory of the Garlaban, Etoile, Sainte Baume and Maures ranges. The three goals are to launch a new forest economy, make suburban areas multifunctional management and do social uses of forests. In that perspective, PMF initiates and capitalizes on innovative projects for demonstration purposes, participates in the exchange of good practices at local, national and international level, and coordinates a network of actors in direct or indirect link with the forest of its reference territory.