UCP is a public-non state university established in 1967 by a Papal Holy decree. The number of students enrolled at the Regional Centre in Porto is around 6000, 62 being incoming SOCRATES/ERASMUS students.

The teaching staff includes around 300 members. UCP in Porto includes 8 faculties and 6 research units, covering a very broad range of fields such as Economics and Management, Educational Science, Psychology, Law, Bioethics, Biotechnology, Environmental, Food and Biomedical Engineering.

The university offers 38 Master’s and 7 PhD programmes. Its Faculty of Economics and Management has been active in Forest Policy and Economics since 1997, through participation in projects coordinated by the European Forest Institute and its two Southern Europe branches (MEDFOREX/EFIMED and IEFC/EFI Atlantic) and in COST Actions (E19, E30, E45 and E51), involving most of the other partners in this proposal.

The contact person for this project is a member of EFI Scientific Advisory Board since 2006.