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The newsletter from EFI's Mediterranean Network is back full of news this September. After a summer break, this month's top story reports on EFI's new publication dedicated to the Circular Bioeconomy of Wellbeing and its 10-point Action Plan. The publication was written by a multidisciplinary team of 25 authors, led by EFI's director Marc Palahí, with the collaboration of His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Wales. This publication is the second in EFI's Knowledge to Action (K2A) series. 

Participants to the EFI Young Leadership Programme 2020, “Mediterranean forests in urbanised societies” enjoyed a lively preview session for the programme on 17 September.
10 Point Action Plan to Create a Circular Bioeconomy of Wellbeing published
The event takes place online on Tuesday 20 October 2020, 14:30 – 16:00. Registrations extended to 14 October.
ThinkForest webinar discussed the future of forest policy in Europe

The 6th Ordinary Session of the Council of the European Forest Institute took place virtually on 10 September.

Representatives from 18 of EFI’s 29 Member Countries discussed the exciting developments which have taken place at EFI over the last three-year period, in order to implement the EFI2025 Strategy. These include the development of the EFI organizational ecosystem, to include three Research Programmes (Bioeconomy, Resilience and Governance), five Facilities and two Research Networks.

Alenka Korenjak (Slovenia) has been elected as a new EFI Board member by the EFI Council at its Ordinary session on 10 September.

Ms Korenjak works in the Forestry and Hunting Directorate of the Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food. For the last 12 years she has focused on forestry policy, the functioning of forest public service, and on forest legislation. 

On August 18, the contract for a new programme called Regional-ASEAN Forest Governance support programme (FLEGT Asia) was signed between EFI and the European Commission represented by the EU Delegation to Indonesia. The three-year five million euro programme will be implemented by EFI’s Asia regional office in Kuala Lumpur. It will contribute to enhance and demonstrate good forest governance, monitoring and sustainable forest management across ASEAN member states and in the Asia region.

The registration for the sixth meeting of the European Network Integrate is now open! The webinar will take place on 28 September. This is the second of two meetings organised by the Danish Nature Agency, Denmark being the current chair of the European Network Integrate. The focus will be on how to integrate segregation in sustainable forest management and the tools, scale and processes involved.

Look behind the scenes – meet our experts that make EFI work

Article by Saifur Rahman

When you think of Bangladesh, you might think of the Bengali Language Movement, the longest sea beach, monsoon rain, agriculture, foreign remittance, and the textile industry, but you would probably not first think of forests. However, forests play an important role here.

SURE virtual conference takes place on 26-27 August