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2018 Biocities Forum took place in Barcelona on 14 November 2018. We will update this article soon.
EFI Director Marc Palahí has been awarded the Medal of Honour from the Spanish foresters association “Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Montes” for professional work in the international arena.

The 2018 EFI Annual Conference has elected Leire Barañano, Spain as a new Board member for the period 2018-2021. She is currently the general manager at NEIKER – Tecnalia. 

Christine Farcy, elected to the EFI Board in 2015, was re-elected for a second term (2018 -2021).

We would like to thank Tomasz Zawiła‐Niedźwiecki, Poland, for his dedication as he steps down from the Board after two consecutive terms.

EFI Bonn organized a high-level science-policy workshop and a public panel discussion on possible pathways and action points for the future of global forest governance.
Latest edition of EFI’s flagship programme explores forest bioeconomy in China and Russia

In 2017, the focus of our work was creating the future EFI ecosystem to bring the EFI Strategy successfully to action. Read more about how this was done and find out what were some of our highlights from EFI Annual Report 2017 which is now available as a pdf file. More detailed information can be found in the supplement.

More than 140 persons from all over Europe, Israel, Jordan and New Zealand attended this international conference from 12 to 14 September 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
What does resilience mean to you? We discussed this question with scientists from Europe and the US to figure out how we can help forest managers to implement the concept in practice.

Dr Sven Wunder has been appointed as Principal Scientist for EFI’s Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED). Dr Wunder will be leading EFI’s research activities on Payments for Environmental Services (PES) and other incentives and new business models for enhancing the provision of ecosystem services.

EFI and BOKU have signed an agreement to create a new Forest Policy Research Network.
This year’s event marked the official transition of what was EFIATLANTIC (the Atlantic Regional Office of the European Forest Institute) to the Planted Forests Facility. The concept of a facility is in line with the work initiated by the regional office, and before that the IEFC project centre, aiming at proximity with end users.
In July, the EFI Planted Forests Facility (EFIPLANT) co-organised with the Universidad de Valladolid an International Summer School on Forest Data and Management.
Deadline for applications is 31 December 2018.