The International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) was formed in 1991 with the mission to promote and coordinate research related to boreal forests. The objectives of IBFRA are:

• To contribute to the sustainable development of boreal forests by promoting and coordinating fundamental and applied research and relevant activities relating to forest ecosystems, forest management, forest products and all forms of forest use within the boreal zone;

• To promote and coordinate research to increase understanding of the role of boreal forest ecosystems in the global environment and the effects of environmental change on that role;

• To promote the dissemination of research results and transfer of new technology and the adoption of new methods of forest utilization, planning and social organization, with a view to ensuring sustainable development and preservation of boreal forest ecosystems.

To accomplish this, IBFRA:

• Connects researchers, graduate students and others interested in boreal forest research;

• Encourages innovation and knowledge-sharing on key boreal forest issues;

• Promotes a multidisciplinary approach for boreal forest research activities;

• Assists in generating partnerships and connections with boreal forest research institutions across the circumboreal region to provide members with networking opportunities.

IBFRA was formed in 1991 with the mission to “promote and co-ordinate research to increase the understanding of the role of the circumpolar boreal forest in the global environment and the effects of environmental change upon that role.” The impetus for the formation of IBFRA was the “White Sea Declaration,” which was drafted at an International Field Expedition to Arkhangelsk Russia in 1990 at which the unique environmental and ecological factors of the region were discussed.