German government welcomes EFI

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The Cabinet of Germany has officially approved the agreement with the European Forest Institute which provides a legal framework for its office in Bonn.

EFI Bonn coordinates the Resilience Programme, which works on topics relating to the resilience of forests and livelihoods connected to them. Newly appointed Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, said: “We were committed to bringing this important Institute to Germany. We have a clear common goal in Europe: to preserve our forests, using them in a sustainable way and making them more resistant to the effects of climate change. Thus we need the know-how of the European Forest Institute. Forests are multi-talented: they mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity, they attract nature lovers and sports enthusiasts, and they provide jobs and supply raw materials."

“Working in the heart of Bonn’s international district surrounded by many globally active environment and sustainability oriented organizations is a great privilege”, said Georg Winkel, Head of the EFI Bonn office. “It means the chance to engage with policy makers from various sectors and to connect EFI’s interdisciplinary forest and environmental sciences network to international environmental diplomacy.” 

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Read more (in German): Wälder sind Multitalente