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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.

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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: http://globaltimbertrackingnetwork.org/

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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:

What do you get when you put together forest policy experts from 16 different European countries and the European Commission with scientists and forest practitioners? Lively and insightful discussions, determination to find new solutions and, of course, outings in the forest.

The role of forests is now highlighted also in the work of the agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) which works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that 'achieves more and better from less'. The recently established EIP-AGRI Focus Group "New forest practices & tools for adaptation and mitigation of climate change" meets for the first time on 20–21 June 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dr Marcus Lindner from EFI is the co-ordinating expert of the focus group. 

The opportunities which the circular bioeconomy can offer for inclusive, sustainable, economic development were the focus of a ThinkForest seminar on European bioeconomy strategy, which took place in Berlin on 10 May.

The Kingdom of Belgium has ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute and the entry into force will take place on 23 July 2017.

The Convention on EFI has now been ratified by a total of 27 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, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

EFI strengthens its network as Dr Cristina Narbona and Mr Janez Potočnik are joining Esko Aho and Göran Persson in advisory roles.
Three new EFI Board members were elected by the EFI Council at its meeting in Dublin, Ireland on 26 April.
Minister of State for Forestry Andrew Doyle TD addressed the Council of the European Forest Institute in its meeting at Dublin Castle today. Ireland holds the Chairmanship of the Council for the period 2017–2020, with Professor Ted Farrell as Chair.

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.