The newly published QS World University Rankings for 2017 shows the strength of EFI’s network as three our member organisations are in the top ten of the Agriculture & Forestry category. Congratulations to Wageningen University for being number one for the second year in a row! In the top ten are also the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and AgroParis Tech.
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. More info on the EFI Strategy 2025 can be found here.
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.
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.