Ukrainian Research Institute of Forestry and Forest Melioration named after G. M. Vysotsky is a public research institute of national importance,which conducts basic and applied research on forests and forest landscapes, forest ecosystems, forest ecology and forest radioecology, reforestation and afforestation, forest protection, forest breeding , new information technologies in forestry, inventory of forests, and forest management, hunting, and other uses of the resources forests provide

BASIC RESEARCH efforts of URIFFM cover:

Growth, development, and reproduction of forest plants, their adaptation to new conditions, in particular under climate change
Forest biodiversity conservation and regeneration
Forest gene resources conservation, micropropagation
Forecasting spatial and temporal dynamics of insect pests’ populations


Principles for forest management on the zonal-typological basis, standards for forest management

Methods and techniques improving to grow high-yielding and resistant forest and ameliorative stands
Identification of critical levels of aero-technogenic stress for forest ecosystems; recreational forest use; division of forests according to their economic and recreational purposes
Development and improvement of forest seed-growing systems to obtain high-yielding and resistant native and introduced forest tree species
Improvement of the effectiveness of forest shelter belts and systems of ameliorative stands
Development of methods to improve the stands resistance to unfavorable biotic, abiotic and anthropogenic factors
Development of GIS-technologies for forest mensuration

    URIFFM has 633 stationary research objects, among which 478 objects are located in the forest area of the research network
     In 1996, the Institute has become a member of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and in 2000, of the European Forest Institute (EFI).
     International fundamental projects of global importance – study of gene resources (EUFORGEN), the programs on forest monitoring (ICP Forests and FHM), the study and conservation of ancient Carpathian forests (FORZA), the analysis into scenarios of sustainable wood production under different regimes of forest management (EFISCEN), the EUROFOREST project entitled “Advanced Technologies Directed towards Shift of the European Forest Sector to Principles of Sustainable Development” in the framework of the program of international scientific and technological co-operation (EUREKA).In 2004, an office of TechInLis project was established in the Institute, and several international seminars on advanced techniques for forest inventory and monitoring were conducted as well as an international scientific seminar on the use of GIS-technologies for forest management.