The ForestWISE CoLAB is celebrating its fifth anniversary today and has brought together a number of personalities committed to enhancing the forest. At a ceremony held at the Eco Campus of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, ForestWISE took stock of the work it has done over the last five years, focusing on innovation, sustainability, knowledge transfer, forest enhancement, sustainable development of rural areas and the reduction of major forest fires.
Carlos Fonseca, CTO of CoLAB ForestWISE, highlighted the path that has been traveled, part of it in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic: “CoLAB ForestWISE has played a central role in the articulation between companies, industry, academia and the public sector, promoting innovation, research and cooperation to face the great challenges of forest management in our country, having become an unavoidable player in the fields of forest and fire in Portugal.”
Emídio Gomes, Rector of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, said that “Forestwise has been an example to follow in the field of Collaborative Laboratories, especially because of the fantastic involvement of the business sector and its interaction with the scientific and technological system.”
For his part, Miguel Silveira, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CoLAB ForestWISE and Director of Altri Florestal, reinforced the importance of CoLAB ForestWISE in the fields of forestry and fire in Portugal and, increasingly, across borders.