Regional Offices

We have five Regional Offices:

Mediterranean Regional Office – EFIMED, located in Barcelona, Spain.

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The first EFI Regional Office, the Mediterranean Regional Office EFIMED, was established in July 2007 as a pilot. The Regional Office focuses on forest issues of particular importance to the Mediterranean region, including non-timber values of forests. The Head of EFIMED is Mr Inazio Martinez de Arano. (website: www.efimed.efi.int)

Central European Regional Office  EFICENT

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EFICENT started activities in 2009. It aims to promote and support national, transboundary and European-wide collaboration in research and information provision, and strengthen networking in the Central European region and through the Observatory for European Forests (OEF) at a European scale.

General topics with regional focus are changing environmental conditions and multifunctional demands towards forest, while the OEF addresses timber and socio-economics and criteria and indicators, information needs and policy decision support in a European context.

EFICENT and the OEF have distributed locations in Germany, France and Switzerland. It is headed by Mr. Andreas Schuck (Freiburg, Germany). (website: www.eficent.efi.int)

Atlantic European Regional Office – EFIATLANTIC, located in Bordeaux, France.

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EFIATLANTIC covers the region of the Atlantic Rim, and was launched in spring 2009. Its general topic is the sustainable management and competitive utilization of planted forest resources. The Head of EFIATLANTIC is Dr. Christophe Orazio. (website: www.efiatlantic.efi.int)

Central-East and South-East European Regional Office  – EFICEEC-EFISEE, located in Vienna, Austria and Zagreb, Croatia.

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EFICEEC covers a region extending from the Baltic Countries down to South Eastern Europe, and was launched in April 2010. EFICEEC has three broad Work Areas: forest sector policy and economics; land use change in the context of climate change and bio-energy; and forest ecosystem management.

In 2012, EFI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Croatian Forest Research Institute aiming at the establishment of the South-East European Regional Office, EFISEE. For the first two years, EFISEE will operate jointly with EFICEEC. Its focus is on South-East European activities with its partnering organisations.

The overall activities of EFICEEC-EFISEE are led by the Head of EFICEEC, Dr. Bernhard Wolfslehner. (website: www.eficeec.efi.int)

North European Regional Office – EFINORD, located in Umeå, Sweden.

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EFINORD covers the Nordic countries and the countries in the Baltic Sea region and the North Atlantic region, and launched its activities in April 2010. The two thematic issues of EFINORD are biomass production and ecosystem services, with cross-cutting themes of climate change, environmental economics and governance and policy. The Head of EFINORD is Mr. Mika Mustonen. (website: www.efinord.efi.int)

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