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How we mainstream the implementation of the circular bioeconomy strategy was the focus of a ThinkForest seminar which took place in Brussels on 7 November.

How can scientists and practitioners collaborate to prevent wildfires, how can they react to storms and biological invasions? What role can forests play in global approaches to climate change policy? How can we integrate nature conservation in sustainable forest management strategies? What are the environmental consequences of increasing urbanization and what are the benefits of urban forestry?

EFI, in collaboration with Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, brought together European and Russian representatives to discuss the opportunities of bioeconomy in policy, business, human capital development in a recent event.

Currently, the concept of bioeconomy is not so well known in Russia. International cooperation and the exchange of best practices could help create the conditions for a sustainable and consistent development of bioeconomy in Russia.

Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and the European Forest Institute (EFI) are arranging a series of open discussions on the European and Russian cooperation opportunities in bioeconomy development in 2017-2019.  The first discussion will take place on 9 November 2017 and bringing together European and Russian leading bioeconomy experts to discuss the topic "Policy, business-models and human capital for bioeconomy: Identifying opportunities”.

A newly started project AgroForestry Innovation NETworks (AFINET) promotes agroforestry implementation throughout Europe by improving knowledge on management and design of agro-sylvicultural systems.
The documentary “Wise use of our forests: the integrative approach” produced by Daniel Kraus and Andreas Schuck (EFI) will be featured at the 7th Life Sciences Film Festival. The film was selected by the festival committee out of more than 1300 entered films.

Using science-based knowledge to improve the implementation of Natura 2000 in forests was the focus of a ThinkForest seminar which took place in Brussels on 27 September.

An exciting new initiative to promote pan-European research collaboration was unveiled at the EFI 2017 Annual Conference. The EFI Network Fund is a unique instrument which will provide €1m over the next four years exclusively for EFI Associate and Affiliate Members.

The Fund supports networking activities like joint research initiatives, knowledge networking and capacity building, focusing on EFI’s three strategic themes: bioeconomy, resilience and governance. Funding can be spent on coordination, travel, events, short visits and dissemination.

The EFI 2017 Annual Conference has elected Prof. Marco Marchetti, Italy as a new Board member for the period 2017-2020.

Leading European policy makers and scientists will explore the future of Europe’s forests as European Forest Institute’s Bonn Office officially opens its doors. The inauguration festivities take place on 29 August 2017 in the Kunstmuseum Bonn auditorium.

EFI’s Director Marc Palahí has called on forest scientists to lead the future bioeconomy revolution.


Speaking at the opening ceremony of the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg, Germany, he said that forest science needed to provide the knowledge base for the intelligent and sustainable use of our forest resources, to build a sustainable and renewable economy.

Forests provide Europe’s societies with a broad range of essential ecosystem services. They are the source of one of Europe’s most valuable renewable resources – wood. At the same time, they are a decisive base for biodiversity, provide crucial protective functions for societies, and are a critically important green infrastructure for recreation and climate regulation, also in urban areas.

The Global Timber Tracking Network has launched its new website:


The Republic of Serbia has ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute and the entry into force will take place on 2 September 2017.

The Convention on EFI has now been ratified by a total of 28 European countries. The ratifying countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

Each year we hear terrible news from southern Europe about forest fires, a trend that has continued this week with the tragic events in central Portugal. Obviously the urgency lies with stopping the fire and providing help to local communities, but once the crisis is past, we need to take a scientific look at the root causes behind the headlines.

The perfect firestorm: rural abandonment, urbanisation patterns and climate change

Four key factors are increasing forest fire risk in southern Europe to the point that it is now outpacing fire suppression capabilities: