Thursday 21.08.2014


Ministerial visit at EFI HQ

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Photo by Saku Ruusila

The Finnish Minister for International Development, Pekka Haavisto and State Secretary of the Finnish Ministry for Environment, Katariina Poskiparta, visited the EFI Headquarters on Wednesday 20 August.

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See You in Bilbao!

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Madrugada Verde - Fotolia

Secure your seat now at the 2014 Annual Conference and the Seminar on the Future of Bioeconomy in Europe which will be held in Bilbao, Spain on 10-12 September 2014. Come discuss and decide on issues such as EFI’s future plans and hear reports from the past year. Participants of the Seminar will have an opportunity to hear keynote speakers from policy, research and business.

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Europe’s Forests Suffer Effects of Climate Change

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Photo R. Seidl
Europe’s forests are increasingly under pressure from wind, bark beetles, and wildfires

Climate change is already altering the environment. Long-lived ecosystems such as forests are particularly vulnerable to the comparatively rapid changes in the climate system. A new international study published early this month in Nature Climate Change shows that damage from wind, bark beetles, and wildfires has increased drastically in Europe’s forests in recent years.

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Bioeconomy and the Role of Forests

The inaugural edition of the Barcelona BioEconomy Forum will take place later this year at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. The first edition of this biennial global forum will focus on the role of forests as a key resource for a sustainable bioeconomy.

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Open posts at member organisations


2014 IUFRO Forest Tree Breeding Conference, 25-29 August, Prague, Czech Republic

EVOLTREE Annual Meeting, 26 August, Prague, Czech Republic

EFICENT Annual Meeting 2014, 31 October, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

EFIMED Week: Annual Meeting & Scientific Seminar. 5-7 November 2014, Kavala, Greece

An information pack now available about the EVOLTREE network of Intensive Study Sites (ISS):
ISS Leaflet
ISS Framework Agreement
ISS Pre-Project Protocol

Calls for tender:

National FLEGT Expert for Thailand
24 August 2014 17:00 CET

Bringing information and transparency on forest-risk commodity supply chains
29 August 2014 17:00 CET

Strengthening tenure among upland communities in Vietnam to reduce illegal logging and conversion of natural forest
29 August 2014 17:00 CET

Call for tender for an independent evaluation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan
20 October 2014 17:00 CET

Technical reports:

No 94. Guide to Economic Appraisal of Forestry Investments and Programmes in Europe Pat Snowdon and Patrice Harou

No 93. Forest Products Market Transparency: A Report of the International Workshop on Forest Products Price Information Ibrahim Favada and Ed Pepke (editors)

IUFRO 2014 blog competition!

IUFRO is running a blog competition. Participants are writing a blog article that introduces their research or project and how it relates to the overall Congress theme “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People – The Role of Research”. From EFI Salvatore Martire is taking part. You can vote him here.


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