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Welcome to Forestry Research Institute of Ghana

Director's welcome message

Based on lessons gained from the advancement of industrialised countries, the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy recognises that the attainment of Ghana to the middle income status requires a solid science based, technology and innovation (STI) environment. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), of which CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG) belongs, is one of the institutions set up to address issues on scientific and technological advancement. The CSIR has a vision of "using the transforming power of S&T for wealth creation". The role of CSIR-FORIG towards this vision is to undertake forest, forest products and related research and to disseminate and commercialize research outputs and services. To be able to achieve this CSIR-FORIG undertakes demand-driven research, builds capacity and promotes the application of technologies for sustainable management of Ghana’s forest resources for the benefit of society.

The changing global issues on forestry and the environment and the needs of the country provide persistent and perennial problems in the forestry sector that warrant a re-thinking and adoption of innovative strategies for sustainable solutions. In view of  these the Institute undertakes regular scanning of the environment, revises its research programmes and activities to ensure that research programmes continue to be relevant and in conformity with current trends and priorities. SWOT analysis forms a major part of the review process, through which the external and internal environments are diagnosed.

Three strategic developmental objectives upon which the Institute's research and development agenda respond, and also used as pillars to support the achievement of the mandate, vision and mission of the of the Institute are:

1.  Sustainable resource management
2.  Climate change adaptation and mitigation
3.  Livelihood improvement

To be able to achieve the three strategic objectives, five strategic thrusts outlined in the 2015-2020 strategic plan (Research for development, Resource mobilization, Visibility, Capacity building and Systems management) are being used as the vehicle for achieving the strategic objectives.

It is hoped that achievement of the strategic developmental objectives would help raise the Institute to achieve its vision of becoming a centre of excellence in forestry research in the humid tropics.