DEPARTMENT OF FOREST AND WOOD PRODUCTS ECONOMICS AND POLICY
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Department of Forest and Wood Products Economics and Policy (DFWPEP) is a unique institute, which covers, in relation to its nature, all areas of forest and wood products sector, renewable natural resources and environment. DFWPEP is at present formed mainly by a young team of academic and scientific researchers, who cover by their activities all areas of economics and management of the forest and woods products sector in pedagogical, science and research and consulting activities.
The Department ensures teaching in all study programs of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology. The Department also guarantees and develops accredited doctoral study program Economics and Management, the field of study Economics and Management of Renewable Natural Resources. In addition, the Department ensures from time to time a four-semester course of lifelong learning for the field of Forest Valuation.
SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
The scope of science and research and consulting activities is very wide and it covers all economic and managerial areas of all fields of the forest and woods products sector. Two main research areas are at the present assessment of the significance of forest enterprises and nature and landscape protection organizations to local economy and determination of cash flows relating to the fulfilment of socio-economic functions of forest ecosystems. The other area of research is focused on the economy of wood-processing enterprises, in particular assessment of performance, competitiveness and viability of the enterprises and analysis of wood and wood products market. DFWPEP also provides consulting activities to organizations of the forest and woods products sector and operates as an expert institute in the evaluation of immovable property (in particular forest lands).
FACILITIES FOR STUDY AND RESEARCH
The Department has among others a modern computer classroom B41, which is used for the teaching of specialized software and use of respective science and research computer programs. There is one computer for a teacher and twenty computers for the students in the classroom. Software used at the Department is also important, it is namely: SEIWIN 5 – production and economic software for forest management, EQUANTA – economic and project software, Pohoda – accounting and economic software, UNISTAT – statistical software, etc.
The Department concentrates on cooperation in particular in the area of conception and implementation of the state forest policy, forest management economy, economic analyses, information technologies, forest evaluation, auditing, marketing and Public Relations and also adult education.
At present DFWPEP closely cooperates in particular with the Technical University in Zvolen. We develop many other cooperation projects and publications activities with many other foreign partners such as IUFRO members.