Friday 18.05.2012


ThinkForest: Europe’s forests have huge potential for the green bio-economy

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A high-level ThinkForest seminar, held on 15 May in the European Parliament, concluded that forests and sustainable forest management are the key elements for green bio-economy. But as German Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner pointed out “Despite all these positive trends, there are also negative developments. We must investigate the warnings that we are currently receiving from the scientific community.”

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New EFI Policy Brief focuses on Payments for Environmental Services

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Payments for environmental services (PES) are an increasingly popular incentive mechanism, and have recently attracted considerable attention from policy makers as an alternative to traditional environmental management approaches.

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The President of the European Parliament visited EFI Policy Support office

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The President of the European Parliament Mr. Martin Schulz visited EFI Policy Support office in Barcelona, Spain on 2 May, 2012. Marc Palahí, Assistant Director for Policy Support, met him and gave briefing on EFI.


ToSIA, the Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment (http://tosia.efi.int), has been chosen by INNOVATIONSEEDS, an EU project which focuses on dissemination of promising results from FP6 and FP7 projects (more info: www.innovationseeds.eu) into practice.

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Final conference of Phoenix project centre and COST Action

The final conference of the COST Action FP0701 "Post-fire management in Southern Europe" was held in Tessaloniki, Greece, 27-28 March 2012. The main objective of this conference was to disseminate the more relevant activities and practical information that resulted from the Action to stakeholders and policy makers. The event was also the final meeting of the EFI PHOENIX project center (Fire ecology and post-fire management). Final output of the Action/Phoenix is the Springer book that you can find here.



Registration to the EFI 2012 Annual Conference is now open!
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First announcement: RoK-FOR Final Conference "Green Growth from Forests - Regions providing innovative solutions for the forest-based sector", 4 December 2012, Brussels, Belgium
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Illegal logging and legality verification – the FLEGT/VPA as new modes of governance, 6-7 December 2012, Fredriksberg, Denmark
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Maria Curie Calls under FP7 'People'
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Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment (ToSIA) - project's newly published film.
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May 2012 edition of the COFORD Newsletter has been published
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The first newsletter of the INTEGRAL project has been published
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