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EFI’s Bonn office welcomed in Germany

21.03.2017

On the occasion of the International Day of Forests, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Bundesland Nordrhein-Westfalen, and the City of Bonn have officially welcomed EFI’s new office in Bonn. The EFI premises will be situated on the UN-campus, with 19 other international organizations.

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The welcoming ceremonies took place on the UN Campus in Bonn, from left Thorsten Mrosek, Ministry of Environment, NRW; Marcus Lindner, EFI; Gesche Schifferdecker, EFI; Thomas Haußmann, BMEL; Axel Heider, BMEL; Georg Winkel, EFI; Reinhard Limbach, Deputy Major City of Bonn and Matthias Schwoerer, Referatsleiter BMEL

The German hosts are especially happy that EFI Bonn is the seat of EFI's Resilience Programme, as sustainability is high on the country’s policy agenda. Forests are increasingly in the focus of international land use and sustainability politics, especially as the green lungs of the planet mitigating climate change. Science-based solutions are needed to find a wise and sustainable balance between the protection of forests, including their unique biodiversity, and the value of wood-based products in circular economy. As an independent scientific organization with an international focus, the European Forest Institute is uniquely positioned to offer relevant knowledge for decision makers in Germany and elsewhere.

EFI’s Resilience Programme in Bonn will concentrate on generating and communicating knowledge on how global change affects the socio-ecological resilience of Europe’s forest systems. Together with EFI’s member organisations and partners, it will conduct interdisciplinary research that connects forest science to other land-use disciplines and urban studies. New knowledge will create a basis for effective, integrated policies and forest and land-use management strategies facing global change.

The EFI Bonn office receives core funding through the German Government (BMEL). Setting up the Bonn office is also supported through the government of Nordrhein-Westfalen.

News about the EFI Bonn office in German here.

More information: Georg Winkel, Head of Resilience Programme, EFI, firstname.lastname@efi.int