The Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape (BFW) is legally based on the Austrian BFW Outsourcing Act (part of the Agricultural Law Changes Act 2004) and the Austrian Forest Act (2002). Under the 2004 Agricultural Law Changes Act (Download, 300 kB) tasks have been distributed among two organisations:
The Federal Forest Office has fulfilled statutory tasks as of 1 January 2005
- under the provisions of the 1995 Austrian Federal Act on Plant Protection (Federal Law Gazette No. 532 on Forest Plants), according to Amendment to the 1975 Forest Act (Federal Law Gazette No. 440) including Plant Products thereof, and
- under the provisions of the 2002 Austrian Federal Act on Forest Reproductive Material (Federal Law Gazette No. 110).
The Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape is no longer a subsidary institute of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. It has become a non-profit oriented incorporated body based on public law, with its own legal status.
- conducts research in the fields of forests, natural hazards and landscape
- is concerned with surveys, experiment, testing and monitoring
- provides advisory services in connection herewith and
- provides extension services and further training
supports the Federal Forest Office through making available the necessary resources