Croatian Forest Research Institute is a public research institution owned by the republic of Croatia. Objectives and tasks of research are part of the National Programme for scientific-research work of Republic of Croatia, and Development Program of “Croatian Forests” ltd, Zagreb (Hrvatske šume d.o.o.).

Institute’s principle objectives are conservation and preservation of stability, productivity, biodiversity and genetic resources of forest ecosystems in Republic of Croatia using natural rejuvenation and the achieved level of sustainable forest management.

Conducting research and services at the Institute is organized into six Research Divisions, two departments (Department for Nursery Production, Department for Laboratory Analysis), three Regional Research Centers and Common Affairs Service, with a total of 85 employees.

Within the national framework Croatian Forest Research Institute is working closely with the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and “Croatian Forests” ltd. Zagreb.

Within the international cooperation framework Institute’s researchers closely collaborate in  number of international research projects and programs with many foreign institutions such as EFI, FAO, IUFRO, etc. and more recently within the FP7 frame.

Institute’s strength with highly motivated professional and scientific staff and long tradition of scientific research in the field of forestry, is also in large number of young researchers who actively participate in domestic and international scientific exchange thus contributing to the further development of forestry science both domestically and internationally.


Institute’s fundamental mission is scientific research in the area of biotechnical sciences and in the field of forestry and horticulture. The Institute carries out scientific programs of strategic interest for the Republic of Croatia, and along with other scientific and educational institutions, establishes scientific infrastructure that is of interest to the whole scientific and higher education system.
Institute’s program consists of scientific programs which are of strategic importance for the Republic of Croatia, contracted research projects, collaborative programs, publishing activities related to scientific research, lifelong learning and production and trade program of horticultural material.


To establish the position of  Croatian Forest Research Institute as a fundamental national scientific organization in Croatian forestry and as an important factor in South East Europe by conducting top quality scientific research. To ensure the flow of knowledge (know-how) into the economy, to raise awareness of the role of forests, to promote sustainable management and protection of forest resources.

History of the Institute

1945: Organised scientific forest research in Croatia started in 1945 by the decree of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry establishing the Institute for Practical Forestry Research in Zagreb

1947: Institute for Forestation and Karst Melioration in Split was founded

1959: Institute for Seed Husbandry in Rijeka was founded

1961: Institute for Conifer Tree Species in Jastrebarsko was founded

1964: Institute for Conifer Tree Species in Jastrebarsko changes its name to the Yugoslav Institute for Conifers

1974: Forest Research Institute was founded through the integration of Institute for Practical Forest Research in Zagreb, Institute for Forest Seed Husbandry in Rijeka and Institute for Conifer Tree Species in Jastrebarsko

1993: According to the Law on the Scientific Research, Forest Research Institute in Jastrebarsko becames property of the Republic of  Croatia

2009: Forest Research Institute in Jastrebarsko changes its name to Croatian Forest Research Institute

2010: Croatian Forest Research Institute celebrates its 65th anniversary of the scientific research activity