The Centre for Research on Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF) is a public research centre that was founded in 1987 by the Catalan government (Generalitat de Catalunya), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC) to promote applied and basic research in terrestrial ecology. Subsequently, the University of Barcelona (UB) joined the Centre.
The CREAF consortium was created by Decree 300/4 August 1987 and has full legal authorisation to conduct its activities. CREAF headquarters are situated in the UAB’s Bellaterra Campus (Cerdanyola del Vallès). The geographic scope of the Centre ranges from local to international.