Thursday 11.02.2010


EFINORD Head of Office appointed

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Mr Mika Mustonen, M.Sc. (Agriculture & Forestry) has been appointed Head of Office of the North European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFI). Mr Mustonen will start his term in April 2010. EFINORD will gradually start its activities during the spring 2010. EFINORD will have its premises at the Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute (S&L) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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The mid-term evaluation of the implementation of the EU Forest Action Plan

The mid-term evaluation of the EU Forest Action Plan was presented at the 112th meeting of the Standing Forestry Commission (11–12 December 2009). The evaluation report has recently been made available on the DG Agriculture web-site. The study contains both an inventory of the implementation of the 18 Key Actions of the EU Forest Action Plan and an evaluation of its relevance, effectiveness, efficiency. It contains recommendations for the EU Forest Action Plan in the period until 2011.

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EU Launches New Programme for Forest Governance in Asia

The EU aims to expand the FLEGT Programme to the rest of the Asian region. This development is following three years’ experience in Malaysia and Indonesia on negotiating the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) to ensure that timber exported to the EU comes only from legal sources. The European Forest Institute (EFI) implements the programme for the EU. Kuala Lumpur was chosen to site the regional office leading this expansion of FLEGT outreach to the other countries in Southeast Asia.

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The deadline for submitting applications to the Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2010: Forest-water interactions in Europe has been extended.
Apply by 26 February!
Further info at the JFNW2010 site.

Several open posts at member organisations! More information

PhD course on 'International Forestry and Global Issues'

The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) together with the European Forest Institute (EFI), represented by its Central European Regional Office – EFICENT and its Observatory for European Forests (OEF), will conduct a PhD course on 'International Forestry and Global Issues' on 17–21 May 2010 in Nancy, France.
Further info at the INRA website

Apply for the FP0701 Training school on 'Post-fire rehabilitation' by 19 February
The training school is organised by COST, CEAM, PHOENIX and EFIMED.
More info here.


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