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H.E. Mr. Lu Hao, the Minister of Natural Resources of People's Republic of China, visited EFI Bonn office with a delegation of high level staff from the Chinese ministry and its forestry and grassland administration.
Note! Final stakeholder conference with project results on national case studies and recommendations will be on 23 October in Vienna.
Advancing forest science to support sustainable development
The President of the Republic of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinistö, visited the EFI Headquarters in Joensuu, Finland. Director Marc Palahí introduced our work and role as a science policy platform supporting an informed dialogue on forests, bioeconomy, biodiversity and climate change.
In 2019, EFI offered five grants for Short Scientific Visits (SSV) for Early Stage Researchers from EFI Associate and Affiliate Member organisations. The visits provide a unique opportunity for interested candidates to get involved in international level forest research and research co-operation.
An international research team under the coordination of the European Forest Institute, in collaboration with the European Network Integrate, presented to the public and media the findings of the Białowieża Science Initiative (BSI), a science-based evaluation of the Białowieża Forest conflict.

The Board of EFI has awarded Mr Persson an EFI Fellowship, for his outstanding leadership of ThinkForest, and his contribution to EFI becoming recognised as a leading science-policy platform.

The network focus is forest bioeconomy
The role of non-wood forest products in territorial marketing was the topic of the first cross-cutting seminar for the INCREDIBLE project. The seminar, organised by project partner ETIFOR, took place in the northern Apennines (Italy) on 10 and 11 May.
Tool for sustainability impact assesment
welcomed discussions on the future of sustainable and climate-neutral use of forest resources
April's edition of EFI Network News from the Mediterranean Facility features the Open Innovation Challenge launched by INCREDIBLE project, blog posts about the activities taken place during Mediterranean Forest weeks among many other highlights.
EFIMED and other experts from both the Northern and Southern Mediterranean regions participated to present inspiring examples of social entrepreneurship, participatory approaches and land restoration concerning non-wood forest products.
Do you have an interesting solution or business idea to solve a technological, social or environmental challenge for non-wood forest products in the Mediterranean?
A primary goal of the meeting was to encourage closer engagement between arboriculturists and scientists working in the urban environment with forest scientists concerned with wind damage.