The Ministry of Agriculture is a central state authority administrating forests, hunting, game management, and fishing outside the territory of national parks which are under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment.
The Forest Management Institute (FMI) is a government organization established by the Ministry of Agriculture and operates as a service institution of the Ministry. Its scope is nationwide, headquartered in Brandýs nad Labem. The biggest task of the Institute is implementing the National Forest Inventory (NFI). NFI is an independent survey on the state and development of forests. The aim of NFI is to provide comprehensive data on the state of forests in Czechia, both in terms of environmental sustainability and in terms of economic use. Czechia was included among the European states that NFI carried out over several decades.
Besides other things the FMI is further an authorized person pursuant to the Act No. 226/2013 Coll. on placing timber and timber products on the market. The FMI checks operators and provides for forest owners and managers support in the form of patterns of processing and due diligence manuals. The FMI play as well the role of the authorized person according to the Act No. 149/2003 Coll., on the marketing of forest reproductive material.
The FMI also maintains a central database with information about Czech forests, forest management and hunting.
Forest of the Czech Republic, State Enterprise (official name: Lesy České republiky, s.p., abbreviated as LČR) was established by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1992. The main goal of the company is to manage the state-owned forest estates and waterways and swift creeks. The headquarters is in Hradec Králové.
LČR forestry strategy is based on sustainable management of forests based on maximum use of the nature’s power that will provide for ongoing and balanced production in the entrusted forest. LČR aims at creating stable, high-quality forest with mixed tree species and with various spatial and age groups. Its economic priority is a balanced management, financing forestry activities from own resources and independence from state budget.
Forestry and Game Management Research Institute (FGMRI) is a public research institution based in Strnady. Its main task is a research activity to the extent of the Act no. 130/2002 Coll. on support of research and development from public funds. FGMRI promotes above all the research that is supported from public funds according to rules given by the law of the European Union. The prevailing part of FGMRI activities lies in a research focused on forest management as well as expertise and consulting services for state administration and forest owners.
The Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research (IFER) is an independent, private, research company founded in 2005. The core activity of the company is carrying out applied and basic research projects on forestry, forests and natural environment. IFER is based in a small town Jilove u Prahy, situated in vicinity of Prague.
During the time of its existence, IFER has solved more than 200 research projects funded by Czech, international or foreign institutions. IFER is able to work on tasks from the field of basic research either project oriented on practice and operations. Especially during the last years IFER solved more often projects focused on politics and decision-making (expert consultancy for public administration, ministries, international convention agendas etc.).
The centre of their activities lies in forestry on all its levels – forestry operation, forest management planning, monitoring of forest reserves, forestry politics and many more. In the long term IFER also deals with the question of global warming and related carbon monitoring and emission inventories.
The Czech University of Life Sciences Prague is a public university which celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2016. Currently the university has more than 18 000 students and 1700 employees.
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences provides a comprehensive forestry education system to encourage and support rational forest management and sustainable utilization of its huge natural resources. In 2019 the Faculty celebrated the centenary of its existence. It is divided into nine departments, which cover the entire field of education, science, and cooperation with practice in the field of forestry and wood processing.
Mendel University in Brno (abbreviated to MENDELU) is a public institution situated in Brno with a long tradition of teaching and research. There are over 8,300 students at the university.
The Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology at Mendel University in Brno is concentrating on research and academic activities in the areas of arboristics, furniture design and furniture technology, forestry, landscaping, timber structures and wood building construction, wood technology and timber management and furniture design. The faculty mission is to facilitate education, to support scientific research and to nurture creative ecologically sound activities related to land, forests, wood and interior with an emphasis on ecology and aesthetics.
(Sources: official websites: the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic: http://eagri.cz/public/web/en/mze/; the Forest Management Institute: http://www.uhul.cz/home;tthe Forest of the Czech republic, state enterprise: https://lesycr.cz/en/; the Forestry and Game Management Institute: https://www.vulhm.cz/en/; the Institute of Forest Ecosystem Research: http://ifer.cz/?verze=en&page=home2&id=; Czech University of Life Sciences Prague: https://www.czu.cz/en/; the Mendel University in Brno: http://mendelu.cz/en/)