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EFI has launched new research programmes to support the implementation of its new strategy: Bioeconomy and Resilience. Both of the programmes are the main units responsible for leading, coordinating and developing the respective strategic themes with the support of other units.

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.
On 9 March 2017, EFI Director Marc Palahí presented Marianne Borgen, the Mayor of Oslo (in the middle), and Gerd Robsahm Kjørven, Director for Agency for Urban Environment, with a certificate to mark Oslo's nomination as European Forest City 2017.

Lithuania has ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute, the entry into force will take place on 1 April 2017.

Comparing sustainability impacts of different constructions materials: BenchValue
“The new strategy positions EFI closer to society and its demands”, says Dr Jean-Luc Peyron from ECOFOR, one of EFI’s long-term member organisations.

The need to move away from a linear fossil-based economy towards a bio-based circular economy is widely acknowledged.

To supply the bioeconomy with sufficient biomass, access to wood resources needs to be increased, growth rates accelerated and harvesting and silvicultural operations and business models improved.