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Göran Persson, former president of EFI’s ThinkForest forum, is to support EFI in developing new activities and projects on the emerging topic of sustainable finance, forestry and the bioeconomy
We live in a changing world. Droughts and shifts in climate lead to hotter, dryer, and windier seasons in many temperate areas. People are increasingly relocating to where urban areas and forests meet. In many regions, including across the Mediterranean, abandonment of traditional agriculture, forestry, and other land uses have led to a build-up of biomass in forests.
The first edition of EFI’s Young Leadership Programme – Mediterranean (2018) was a great success, with positive evaluations from participants and speakers alike. Will you join us in 2020 and make the next edition OUTSTANDING?
If you haven’t submitted your pitch for the INCREDIBLE Open Innovation Challenge, you still have time, but hurry! The application process will close at the end of August.
The interactive map shows the location of cases compiled by the SINCERE project in the Inventory of European Innovation Mechanisms for the provision and enhancement of forest ecosystem services.

Before EFI’s Mediterranean Facility goes on holiday, we are happy to share with you this July’s Network News, which includes news, blog entries and all the reminders of the deadlines for opportunities, events and congresses that will take place after the summer.

The Białowieża Science Initiative (BSI) gathered more than 20 scientists from various disciplines and distinct perspectives on the Białowieża Forest management conflict for an independent assessment of the scientific evidence. The assessment covers forest history, socio-economic factors, governance, ecology and disturbances to evaluate diverging perspectives on appropriate management.

Our principal scientist, Marcus Lindner, discusses the impacts of large-scale tree restoration to stop climate change in a blog post.

A recently published study by Prof. Crowther’s team at the Institute for Integrative Biology at ETH (Zurich) in Science Magazine used satellite imagery, field data and computer models to highlight the potential of large-scale forest restoration for climate change mitigation.

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BenchValue project aims on developing a versatile benchmarking method to compare between renewable wood-based and non-renewable value chains and to quantify the sustainability impacts and climate change mitigation potential of substituting non-renewable with wood-based materials to support decision makers in policy and market environment.
The two-day event- also included the Final Conference of the PLURIFOR, a European funded project that has been a successful example of cross-border cooperation considering that forest hazards are a common threat to south-west European forests and they do not have administrative limits.
This year´s international summer school provided an ideal environment for sharing knowledge and experience across Europe and further afield, and for developing strong peer groups in the forestry community who will be able to support each other in the future.
Given the pressing climate changes in the Mediterranean region, EFI's approach to tackling forest fires is to advocate the development of a bioeconomy that changes the way forests are perceived, valued and managed.

A recently launched project studies the impacts, challenges and opportunities for Russian forests, forestry and forest bioeconomy to respond to climate change. RUFORCLIM aims to facilitate the exchange of information, climate policy options and good practices between the EU and Russia with a view to enable a better science-informed practical implications.