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Since we all need to take precautionary measures and contribute to mitigating the consequences of the pandemic, from 18 March onwards and until 13 May (or further notice) our offices in Barcelona, Bonn, Brussels and Joensuu are closed, and all staff members are working from home.
Pioneering regions in Spain, Finland and Germany have taken the lead on promoting sustainable development and decarbonisation of our economy with the launch of a new European Bioregions Facility coordinated by EFI.
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Do not miss the highlights of February in a new edition of EFI Network News - Mediterranean! This issue opens with the feature story in this month's edition: the cross-cutting seminar of the H2020 INCREDIBLE project, coordinated by EFIMED, at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau site in Barcelona, where entrepreneurs and businesses in the field of non-wood forest products met to discuss approaches to boosting the rural economy. 

Marc Palahí has been invited to join the Sustainable Markets Expert Network, established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales with the support of the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Elisabeth Pötzelsberger has been appointed as the new Head of EFI’s Resilience Programme. She will take up her position at the beginning of August 2020 at the EFI Bonn office.
Students in the master's programme have the opportunity to visit the facilities of the European Forest Institute in Barcelona every year to learn about the organisation's work as a bridge between research and policy in forest-related issues.
EFIMED participated in the session organised by the H2020 project to train stakeholders in the usability of the new My Sustainable Forest platform and collect feedback to improve its technical aspects, in order to offer a more efficient forest management through products based on remote sensing.

The Swedish Embassy in Helsinki together with EFI organised a discussion dinner on 12 February on the European Green Deal and the future of forest policy in the EU. The event was hosted by Ambassador Anders Ahnlid.

In 2007, Ghana started negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the European Union.

Rach Colling has been appointed as Head of Communications, and will start in her position immediately. Rach joined the Communications unit at EFI in 2011, and has worked in several different roles, most recently as Communications Manager at HQ, and then as Acting Head. She has been responsible for the development of policy support communications, as well as managing and developing EFI’s digital communications tools.

Read the first news and events of the decade from around the Mediterranean in the January 2020 edition of EFI Network News - Mediterranean.

With forest fires of unprecedented intensity raging in Australia, the future of forestry is more than ever up for discussion. European answers to the challenges of a changing climate and to a growing market demand for wood were at the centre of debate at the ROSEWOOD Final Conference and the Forestry Innovation Workshop, which took place from 15th to 16th January in Florence.