Tuesday 03.12.2013


EFI Headquarters move to a new location

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EFI Headquarters has moved to a new location in Joensuu and you can find us in this beautiful building in the campus of the University of Eastern Finland. We share the building with the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla). A warm welcome!

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The need for coherent and balanced forest policy framework

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The latest ThinkForest dinner took place on 27 November at the European Parliament. This dinner is part of a series of high-level events aiming to bring together European policy-makers, parliamentarians, stakeholders and scientists to discuss important issues on the European forest agenda.

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What is the future of the forest-based sector in Europe?

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Lauri Hetemäki, Head of EFI’s Foresight and Policy Support Programme, gives his views on the major changes affecting the European forest sector.

Imagine the European forest industry based sector 20 years ago in early 1990’s. It was of course different from today, but actually not very much. Pretty much the same forest products, companies, and many of today’s issues were dominating. Now, try to imagine where the sector will be in 20 years ahead in 2033. I would guess that many of you would agree that it will probably change drastically more than it has in the past two decades.

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FOPER - a story of hope, achievement, and peace.

FOPER, the regional research network in the Western Balkan countries, held its last Steering Committee and Research Conference mid-November in Zagreb, Croatia. After nine years and seven million Euros of capacity building funding from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Western Balkan countries now have a community of experts in forest policy, economics, and governance.

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Celebrate Europe's forests

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European Forest Week will be held from 9-13 December 2013 in parallel with Metsä 2013, the joint session of the ECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission, in Rovaniemi, Finland. The Week will be celebrated with events in Rovaniemi and throughout Europe, highlighting the contribution of forests, forest products and services to a green economy.

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REGISTER NOW! ThinkForest event on emerging opportunities for EU-Russia cooperation on forest-based sector governance. 13 December 2013, Rovaniemi, Finland.
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Open post at EFI: Senior Researcher in Forest Economics at the EFI Headquarters, Joensuu, Finland.
Deadline: 15 December 2013.
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Call for tender at EU FLEGT Facility: FLEGT Facilitator to Vietnam.
Closing date for submission of tenders: 18 December 2013 16:00 CET
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FORESTERRA call for proposals: “Mediterranean-scale approach to study global change drivers, impacts & indicators on forest ecosystems and to foster forest system resilience through managing biodiversity”
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Results of the FP7 European Forest Downstream Services (EUFODOS) Project – Improved Information on Forest Structure and Damages
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The final report of the research project Integrate carried out by EFI’s Central European Regional Office, EFICENT, is now available. The full report is available here.

Latest on Horizon 2020

The European Parliament has given its consent to the EU budget 2014-2020. The budget as agreed includes nearly €80 billion for Horizon 2020, the EU's next research and innovation programme. This is a real increase of nearly 30% over the current framework programme, FP7.

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