DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF INNOVATION IN FORESTRY – INNOVATION AWARDING PROGRAMS AND SITUATION IN CROATIA
Radovi Šumarskog fakulteta Univerziteta u Sarajevu
630:330.341.1(497.5) Paper deals with promoting and fostering innovation in the forest-based sector. It presents concepts and initiatives which have an important role in encouraging and strengthening innovation in forestry. Two prominent international programs covered by the paper include "Schweighofer prize" which represents Innovation Award for the European Forest-Based Sector and the "KWF Innovation medal" awarded by Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik – KWF (Center for Forestry Work
... nd Forestry Technology), for the most innovative forestry developments. The overview of selected programs includes nomination and evaluation procedures, innovation categories and prizes, and particularly recent winners i.e. awarded innovations. Additionally, the paper describes the status of innovation in Croatian forestry and elaborates adopted solutions in stimulating the innovation in state-owned forest company. In this respect, indicators of relatively low innovation culture, and the regulation of innovation activity in the forest company are presented. The aim of the paper is to point out the importance of development and promotion of innovation in forestry, raise the awareness about innovation, and ultimately contribute to the stimulation of innovation activities and development of innovation culture in forestry.