'To provide a scientific basis for the management of the country's forest resources"
"Leading center for forestry research in the Pacific region"
As a research directorate of Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA), established in 1989, is tasked in providing the scientific basis for the management of the country's forest resources. Its prime responsibility is, therefore, to conduct research into all aspects of forest management as set out in Part IV of the National Forest Policy (1990).
The current organizational structure of the PNG Forest Research Institute:
PNGFRI conducts research under four major research programs:
1. Forest Biology Program
Researches include biodiversity (flora) is done for the purpose of providing data to plan and monitor the use of the country's forest resources in a sustainable manner. This includes botanical research and expeditions, biodiversity survey and conservation studies.
2. Natural Forest Management Program
The primary function is to provide scientific information to assist the sustainable management of the nation's forest resources for the benefit of future generations to enhance the economic, social, and environmental benefits of natural forests on a sustainable basis. Research activities are aligned with existing objectives within the areas of growth and yield, silviculture techniques, ecosystem management, and climate change.
3. Planted Forest Program
Conducts research into species screening and domestication of important indigenous high-value timber species, identification of suitable species for specific uses, and providing a scientific knowledge base for the establishment and maintenance of plantation for industrial wood as well as reforestation and afforestation of the country's vast anthropogenic grasslands and degraded lands.
4. Forest Products Program
Researches include wood processing, wood quality testing, wood properties and identification, wood preservation techniques, non-timber forest products (NTFPs), processes and system capable of seeking the maximum possible contribution to the well-being of PNG.
Management Improvement Goals
- Strengthen and improve FRI's organizational culture.
- Strengthen communications and build long-term relationships with stakeholders in government, industry, and the community.
- Improve efficiency and effectiveness of internal business processes.
- Establish and maintain user-driven research planning and priority-setting processes.
- Improve the germplasm of tree species for increased productivity and profitability.
- Improve management and protection practices of new and existing plantations for a sustainable supply of certified quality timber for domestic and international markets.
- Investigate and document PNG's unique biodiversity for conservation.
- Identify and promote the utilization of lesser-used species in both natural and plantation forests.
- Examine the efficiency and viability of small to medium-scale wood processing mills.
- Enhance economic, social, and environmental benefits of natural forests on a sustainable management basis.
- Improve the productive value of forest land for maintenance and supply of environmental services.
- Explore and develop the financial benefits of NTFP for rural communities.
- Promotion of measures for addressing Climate Change.