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EFI, along with Conservation International, World Resources Institute and Climate Focus, have joined the Global Landscapes Forum as charter members, further building momentum towards a more sustainable future. 
 

“We are excited to be part of the Global Landscapes Forum,” says EFI Director Marc Palahi. “EFI has the ambition to connect forest science to action. It is time to think forest, and it is time to act Landscape. GLF is the right platform for EFI to contribute to a wider global community to realize sustainable development.”

Within the framework of the SustForest+ project many actors in the resin sector from Portugal, Spain and France were brought together during the international days "El aprovechamiento resinero : Montes con futuro" organized by the municipality of Proença-a-Nova.

The European Forest Institute (EFI) is looking for candidates to fulfil one (1) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) membership.

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) contributes to the research and policy support activities of EFI. Its work includes anticipating future research needs, stimulating research and study initiatives, and monitoring EFI's activities. The SAB works as an independent body and it reports to the Board of EFI.

EFI Director Marc Palahí was one of the panellists at the Russia-Finland Business Roundtable at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF2019). In his address, Palahí pointed out that bioeconomy and circular economy need to form together the basis for a new economic model that replaces our current linear fossil economy and supports the transition towards a carbon neutral economy by 2050 – circular bioeconomy. This requires not only transitioning to renewable energy but also replacing fossil products and non-renewable materials by renewable options.

Former EU Commissioner for both Science and Research, and Environment is the high-level forum's new president

May’s edition of EFI Network News from the Mediterranean Facility features the research analysis on the economic value of mushroom picking in Catalonia, the first cross-cutting seminar of the Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin (INCREDIBLE) project in Italy, the creation of the first voluntary carbon market in Spain as well as other articles reporting the international forest regime complex, forest fires pr

H.E. Mr. Lu Hao, the Minister of Natural Resources of People's Republic of China, visited EFI Bonn office with a delegation of high level staff from the Chinese ministry and its forestry and grassland administration.
Note! Final stakeholder conference with project results on national case studies and recommendations will be on 23 October in Vienna.
Advancing forest science to support sustainable development
The President of the Republic of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinistö, visited the EFI Headquarters in Joensuu, Finland. Director Marc Palahí introduced our work and role as a science policy platform supporting an informed dialogue on forests, bioeconomy, biodiversity and climate change.
In 2019, EFI offered five grants for Short Scientific Visits (SSV) for Early Stage Researchers from EFI Associate and Affiliate Member organisations. The visits provide a unique opportunity for interested candidates to get involved in international level forest research and research co-operation.
An international research team under the coordination of the European Forest Institute, in collaboration with the European Network Integrate, presented to the public and media the findings of the Białowieża Science Initiative (BSI), a science-based evaluation of the Białowieża Forest conflict.

The Board of EFI has awarded Mr Persson an EFI Fellowship, for his outstanding leadership of ThinkForest, and his contribution to EFI becoming recognised as a leading science-policy platform.

The network focus is forest bioeconomy
The role of non-wood forest products in territorial marketing was the topic of the first cross-cutting seminar for the INCREDIBLE project. The seminar, organised by project partner ETIFOR, took place in the northern Apennines (Italy) on 10 and 11 May.