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Read reflections from Marc Castellnou and Pau Costa Foundation on why and how forest fires are becoming a European problem.

We are saddened to hear of the passing of our former EFI colleague, long-term collaborator and friend Prof. Timo Karjalainen. Many of us in the EFI network and beyond were lucky to work with him and to know him personally.

Timo collaborate with us on regular basis, especially in the field of Russian-Europe co-operation, where he was instrumental in developing the Young Leadership Programme on Russian bioeconomy.

Alexander Held (Senior Advisor, Resilience Programme) is currently sharing his knowledge on forest fires with various media channels.

The Republic of Estonia has ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute and the entry into force will take place on 26 August 2018.

The Convention on EFI has now been ratified by a total of 29 European countries. The ratifying countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, 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.

EFI experts share their knowledge on forest fires on various media
GTTN organized its Regional Workshop Africa in Younde, Cameroon on 27-28 June 2018 to to increase awareness amongst African stakeholders about the growing potential of timber tracking techniques to help curb illegal logging.
New handbook for scientists looks at driving research into journalistic reporting
European Network INTEGRATE discussed different ways to deal with bark beetle in order to create more resilience forests.

EFI facilities aim at stakeholder interaction with a specific focus on capacity building activities. The Planted Forests Facility contributes to this objective by not only supporting the organisation of training courses for scientists within the framework of the EVOLTREE network, but also organising summershools and workshop and other events for end-users such as forest owners, forest managers, companies, decision makers, regional authorities, NGO members and cross-sectorial organisations.

Resulting from the collaboration between FAO and EFI, the first voluntary guidelines for forest concessions in the tropics have been published
EFI's Bioeconomy Programme addresses the need for foresight, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research at the interface of markets, products, policies and forest resources.
One of the ways to bring additional income to forest owners is to practice intensive mushroom farming.
On June 21st 2018, EFI expert Andreas Schuck was invited to join an excursion to the Tegel forest in Berlin to introduce Integrated Forest Management approaches to German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner.
EFI Bonn’s principal scientist Marcus Lindner and Junior researcher Laura Nikinmaa participated in the conference “COMMUNICATING RISKS IN Decision Support Systems: from basic research to advanced decision support tools” in Solsona, Spain and discussed how future forest risk management can look like.