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Comparing sustainability impacts of different constructions materials: BenchValue
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.

The need to move away from a linear fossil-based economy towards a bio-based circular economy is widely acknowledged. As the European Commission proceeds with the revision of its bioeconomy strategy, the regional strategies and policies or the lack thereof, are also gaining increasing attention.

“An ambitious bioeconomy strategy for Europe is needed. A strategy that coordinates the significant policy instruments relevant for it, including research and education, public procurement, infrastructure planning and development, and creates incentives for investors and businesses to lead the change towards a bio-based economy”. Marc Palahi, director of the European Forest Institute (EFI) talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this exclusive interview, he talks about the bioeconomy and the circular economy, Brexit and Donald Trump, the role of mass media, and much more.

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.
The Lookout Station builds bridges between journalism and science communities around the theme of climate change.

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

The Convention on EFI has now been ratified by a total of 26 European countries. The ratifying countries are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

“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.
EFI's Director reflects on the current debate on the best way to unlock the potential of our forests to fight climate change.
Regional representatives from relevant groups and organisations attended the workshop, from sustainability assessment experts to construction engineering experts, in order for them to highlight and discuss the aspects of sustainable development that seem the most important when comparing different solutions for construction materials.
The IUFRO-EFI Young Scientists Initiative will be launched during the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg, Germany.
Watch our video, which looks at the key factors of increased forest fire risk in the Mediterranean region.
The focus of the summer school was on providing background information, demonstrations and training in the use of the latest tools and techniques for assisting modern forestry professionals in making informed forestry management decisions at the tree, stand and property level.
Members of the EFIATLANTIC and IEFC network explored the role of alternative species as a means of increasing resilience in the forests of Atlantic Europe.