- contributes to the development of strategies and management approaches to enhance and restore biodiversity in European forests.
- supports the development of harmonized and reliable European forest monitoring information systems and indicators through data gathered with interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches.
- builds its reputation as an honest broker to solve conflicts on the need to manage genetic conservation units in protected areas.
Genetic Resources Facility (EFIGEN) provides a European hub for forest genetic resources, promoting research, informing policy making and networking.
After starting to host the EUFORGEN programme in 2018, EFI has consolidated its position in forest genetics by concentrating all relevant initiatives into one single Facility. In addition to EUFORGEN, the facility is leading communication activities related to the European Research Group EVOLTREE. The Facility is also responsible for communication and science-policy interface for EC-funded projects and networks related to forest genetics. Through continuous collaboration with the European forest genetic community, the facility is leading/supporting the creation of new initiatives and projects related to forest genetic resources.
EFIGEN serves as the EFI reference for the Science-policy-practices dialogue on forest genetics.
Since 1 February 2022, Michele Bozzano is appointed as the Head of the Genetic Resources Facility (EFIGEN) at the European Forest Institute.
We provide support and promote the dissemination of scientifically sound policy-relevant information on forests and forestry.
We provide interdisciplinary and cross-sector research on forest resources, products and services on a pan-European level.
We have representatives from forest research, industry, forest owners and international forest-related organisations.
A Greek professor of forest genetics, Phil Aravanopoulos, travels back to his place of birth, the Lesvos island. Inspired by the father of botany, Theophrastus, who was born and lived on the island, he researches the black pine forest that he cherished since he was a boy. This population of trees is now threatened by climate change.