EFI Director

Marc Palahí is a leading expert on forests and global change, with a new vision of the transformational role forests can play in fighting climate change and developing a circular bioeconomy.

Marc Palahí

He has been Director of the European Forest Institute since 2015, driving its development as a pan-European science-policy platform, and working to connect knowledge to action at the interface of science, policy and business. Marc has a PhD in forestry and economics and his work, which has featured in Nature and other high-level scientific journals, focuses on the development of a sustainable circular bioeconomy that prospers in harmony with nature. Marc leads the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales under his Sustainable Markets Initiative.

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Is bioeconomy the answer to a sustainable and fair future?
Coaching Talks podcast, hosted by Marc Siles. Listen on iTunes, Spotify, iVoox
December 2019  


Blog posts    
Why the world needs a 'circular bioeconomy' - for jobs, biodiversity and prosperity (World Economic Forum Agenda) October 2020  
On pandemics and forest fires June 2020  
Seeing the wood in the forests April 2020  
Bioeconomy: the missing link to connect the dots in the EU Green Deal March 2020  
Why Humboldt? Why now? September 2019  
From climate change to climate crisis: a new normal for natural disturbances August 2019  
Forests and education: building a sustainable future March 2019  



Speeches and popular articles    
De pandemias e indencios forestales Opinion piece in El Pais June 2020
The bioeconomy – bringing life to the center of our economy Opinion piece in Revolve Media March 2020
La ecología es la economía Opinion piece in El Pais June 2019
European forest city award 2019 to the city of Aberdeen Speech given at the award ceremony in Aberdeen April 2019
Bosques y educación, catalizadores para transformar nuestro mundo Opinion piece in El Pais  March 2019
木材で持続可能な都市開発 化石資源の使用抑える「バイオシティー」 Forests for sustainable urban development: 'Biocity' as the solution to minimise the use of fossil fuel based resources Interview with The Mainichi (Japan), about the biocity concept February 2019
Opening speech, 2018 Biocities Forum Speech given at the 2018 Biocities Forum, Barcelona November 2018
The key transformational role of forests as basis for an
ecological civilization
Speech given at the Conference on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Chinese Academy of Forestry October 2018
Reflexiones sobre el papel trasformador de nuestros bosques Blog for Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Montes October 2018
The updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy Interview with Il Bioeconomista  October 2018
Opening speech, Forest & Photonics 2018 Speech given at the Forest & Photonics 2018 conference, Koli October 2018
Speech to the Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Montes Speech given at the Actos Conmemorativos San Francisco de Asís 2018, Madrid October 2018
Speech for 25th EFI anniversary Speech given at the Gala dinner, EFI Annual Conference  September 2018
Bioeconomía: La clave del negocio Speech given at CMPC, Santiago, Chile August 2018
Russia-Finland Business Roundtable: Bioeconomy and circular economy – bases for new global breakthroughs Panel discussion at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF'18) May 2018
The key role of forests in developing a tertium quid Speech given during the inauguration of the academic year of Italian Academy of Forest Sciences March 2018
"We need a new economic paradigm" Speech given at the 2017 Bioeconomy Investment Summit, Helsinki December 2017
Forestry combating climate change: an inconvenient truth? Open letter from Marc Palahí October 2017
Opening ceremony of the IUFRO Congress Speech given at the 125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress, Freiburg  September 2017
Role of forests in climate change mitigation Speech given at the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki June 2017
Insights on the bioeconomy Speech given at the ThinkForest seminar "Leading the way to a new European bioeconomy strategy", Berlin May 2017
“La bioeconomía será el motor de crecimiento del siglo XXI” Interview with Marc Palahi in La Vanguardia April 2016


Director's letters to the EFI network

2020 December, NovemberSeptemberAugustMarch, February  
2019 November, September August, JuneMay,  MarchFebruary  
2018 November,  September,  JuneMayMarch  
2017 OctoberSeptemberJuneMarch  


Photo: Johanna Kokkola, Salama Visual