FP7 FP7 Funcitree logo


Stiftelsen norsk institutt for naturforskning - NINA (Norway)

NINA is Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research, employing about 170 staff. NINA's activities are focused on environmental research emphasizing the interaction between human society, natural resources and biodiversity. The institute’s research in the natural and social sciences, and its collaborative networks in Norway and abroad, enable it to provide management agencies, industry and civil society with top-notch information and advisory services on all aspects of natural resource management and the sustainable use of renewable resources. Particular areas of expertise include landscape analysis, functional ecology, harvesting and sustained use of nature, including economic sustainability and economic incentives for nature conservation; and community development and local participation in resource management. A longstanding and increasing proportion of NINAs work encompasses international projects currently including 12 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central America. NINA is the FUNCiTREE coordinator and contributes to the project with expertise in the areas of functional ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, resource economy and tools and methods for decision making.

NINA participants:
David Barton, resource economy.
Graciela M. Rusch, project coordination and functional ecology, coordination NINA team.
Christina Skarpe, plant-herbivore interactions.


Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza – CATIE (Costa Rica)

CATIE is a unique regional non-profit institute devoted to research, graduate education, training and public services in tropical America, with emphasis in Central America and the Caribbean. CATIE is global leader in interdisciplinary research on agricultural sustainability, environmental protection and poverty eradication with agro-forestry systems serving as a dominant research focus. CATIE’s activities rely on scientific, technological, socioeconomic and cultural criteria to ensure adoption and impact. The Center’s research efforts are concentrated in five major work lines including: 1) agroecology, 2) tropical agro-forestry, 3) integrated watershed management, 4) conservation and management of tropical forests and biodiversity, and 5) environmental socio-economics which includes economic valuation of environmental goods and services and policy analysis. CATIE contributes to FUNCiTREE in the areas of functional ecology, ecophysiology,  socio-economic analysis and project dissemination, and environmental management.

CATIE participants:
Tamara Benjamin, ecophysiology.
Fabrice DeClerck, functional ecology, coordination CATIE team.
Isabel Gutiérrez, environmental sociology.
Muhammad Ibrahim, animal nutrition, silvpastoral systems.
Dalia Sánchez, biodiversity.
Cristóbal Villanueva, environmental management.


Wageningen Universiteit – WUR (The Netherlands)

Wageningen University and Research Center is an internationally leading organization in agricultural, environmental, en climate research. It is a joint operation of University and Research Institutes, organized in Graduate Schools and Education Institutes.  Particular areas of expertise include sustainable land use management and strategies, climate change, CO2 cycling and nutrient cycling in Europe and in the tropics. The university has widely participated in international research projects, such as EU funded research and has a worldwide experience in applicable research. WUR contributes to FUNCiTREE with expertise in the area of soil science.

WUR participants: 
Ir Peter Buurman, tropical edaphology, coordination WUR team.
Marcel Hoosbeek, edaphology.


Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – CSIC (Spain)

CSIC is the Spanish National Council for Scientific Research- is the largest public research organisation in Spain and has considerable experience in managing R&D projects and training grants. As one of CSIC 120 Institutes, the Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (EEZA) carries out world-class research in a range of subject areas, including plant and animal ecology, biodiversity conservation, desertification, and soil science. Particular areas of expertise related to FUNCiTREE are survival strategies of plants in arid environments, community and ecosystem dynamics, afforestation in semi-arid environments, and several other projects in North and South America related to physiological mechanisms of plant adaptations to the physical environment and plant interactions. CSIC contributes to FUNCiTREE in the area of plant adaptations and functional attributes related to drought tolerance.

CSIC participants:
Francisco Pugnaire, ecophysiology of drought tolerance, coordination of CSIC team.
Francisco M. Padilla, ecophysiology of drought tolerance.


Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement  - CIRAD (France)

CIRAD is a French agricultural research centre working for international development. Most of its research is conducted in partnership. Sustainable development is the cornerstone of CIRAD’s operations worldwide, which implies taking account long-term ecological, economic and social consequences of change in developing communities and countries. The Environments and Societies Department focuses its research on the relations between agriculture, natural resource management and social dynamics, and the links with public policy. Under its coordination, 2 Research Units are involved in research on agro-forestry and sylvopastoralism: The Dry Zone Pastoral Research Pole (PPZS) and the Forest Resources and Public Policies. CIRAD contributes to FUNCiTREE in the areas of animal nutrition, social sciences and ecophysiology.

CIRAD participants:
Hubert Guérin, livestock nutrition, coordination of CIRAD team.
Alexander Ickonowicz, social sciences.
Phillipe Thaler, ecophysiology.
Ibra Toure, agroforestry


Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles -  ISRA (Senegal)

ISRA is a public scientific and technical applied research institute which was created in 1974 to conceive, organize and conduct research relating to the rural sector to Senegal. ISRA priority research areas relate to agronomic, animal, forest and rural socio-economy in the various ecological zones of Senegal (dry and wet continental zone, irrigated continental zone, littoral zone and maritime zone). Eleven research centers and 33 stations are distributed across the country. CNRF (Centre national de recherches forestières) is the ISRA’s research centre involved in FUNCiTREE. CNRF works in tree principal fields: (i) implementation and/or management of agro-forestry technologies for the integration of tree in the agrarian systems; (ii) knowledge, preservation and management of forest ecosystems; (iii) improvement of the productivity of natural forests and forest plantations. ISRA contributes to FUNCiTREE with expertise in the areas of management of agroforestry systems, genetics and domestication of fruit bearing tree species, and animal nutrition.

ISRA participants:
Abibou Gaye, domestication of agroforestry tree species, ISRA team coordinator.
 Samba Arona Ndiaye, agroforestry systems management and monitoring.
Astou Sène, agro-economy.
Abdourahmane Tamba, agroforestry systems management and monitoring.
El Hadji Traoré, animal nutrition.
Mayécor Diouf, ecophysiology.
MVP – Potou, Senegal
Pape Meissa Diop, MVP team and field coordination.
Mbaye Faty, social sciences.
Gora Ndiaye, forestry.
Aladji Yade, livestock specialist.


Institut d’Economie Rurale – IER (Mali)

Created since 1960, IER is the primary Malian public research institution on agriculture. The IER’s research portfolio is made of 17 Programs covering 6 research domains. The institution has a strong expertise and highly qualified personnel in its Forestry and Farming Systems Departments. While the Forestry Department has a well established history of hands-on experience in a wide range of  expertise areas in (agro)forestry, including biophysical and socioeconomic disciplines. The Sotuba soil testing laboratory is a leader in the field of soil analysis and GIS. The Farming Systems Department has gained a solid reputation in all socioeconomic related aspects, has a well-organized database management system and plays an increasingly important role in liaison between research and development. IER will contribute to FUNCiTREE in the areas of sociology, soil science, domestication of agroforestry species and management of agroforestry systems.

IER participants:
Ibrahima N’Diaye, IER team coordinator.
Youssouf Cisse, social sciences.
Harouma Yossi, animal nutrition, hervivory, soil-plant interactions.
Kantougoudiou Coulibaly, social sciences.
Hamidou Nantoume, agroforestry.
Cheik Hamalla Diakite, GIS.
Bocary Kaya, MVP - Tiby and field coordination, agroforesty management, edaphology.