European Forest Institute’s Policy Support office gets considerable support from Spain

The Catalan Minister Lluis Recorder signed the final agreement to finance the rehabilitation of Sant Leopold Pavilion at the Sant Pau campus in Barcelona. Sant Leopold Pavilion will be the new location for EFI Offices in Barcelona. EFI’s Director Risto Päivinen and Assistant Director Marc Palahí both attended the signing ceremony. “The office will host about 30 EFI staff members and the campus offers excellent facilities for meetings and networking ’, stated Director Päivinen.

The estimated costs for the rehabilitation are about 6.4 million Euros. Spain has mobilized EU FEDER funds plus national and Catalan funds in order to provide EFI with top international building code standards.

The historical campus of Sant Pau is located in central Barcelona. The venue is a famous example of early 20th century art deco architecture and belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Sant Pau campus will host also other international organisations such as the United Nations University. The location consequently offers excellent international networking possibilities e.g. in the field of forest and environment.

More information: Director Risto Päivinen (tel. +358 10 773 4313) and Assistant Director Marc Palahí (tel. +34 93 515 3211) .

Photo: Roser Cabré-Verdiell, EFI

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