What do you get when you put together forest policy experts from 16 different European countries and the European Commission with scientists and forest practitioners? Lively and insightful discussions, determination to find new solutions and, of course, outings in the forest.

The focus of the summer school was on providing background information, demonstrations and training in the use of the latest tools and techniques for assisting modern forestry professionals in making informed forestry management decisions at the tree, stand and property level.

The role of forests is now highlighted also in the work of the agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) which works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that 'achieves more and better from less'.

Each year we hear terrible news from southern Europe about forest fires, a trend that has continued this week with the tragic events in central Portugal.

The Kingdom of Belgium has ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute and the entry into force will take place on 23 July 2017.

Members of the EFIATLANTIC and IEFC network explored the role of alternative species as a means of increasing resilience in the forests of Atlantic Europe.
The opportunities which the circular bioeconomy can offer for inclusive, sustainable, economic development were the focus of a ThinkForest seminar on European bioeconomy strategy, which took place in Berlin on 10 May.
EFI strengthens its network as Dr Cristina Narbona and Mr Janez Potočnik are joining Esko Aho and Göran Persson in advisory roles.
Three new EFI Board members were elected by the EFI Council at its meeting in Dublin, Ireland on 26 April.
Minister of State for Forestry Andrew Doyle TD addressed the Council of the European Forest Institute in its meeting at Dublin Castle today. Ireland holds the Chairmanship of the Council for the period 2017–2020, with Professor Ted Farrell as Chair.

The newly published QS World University Rankings for 2017 shows the strength of EFI’s network as three our member organisations are in the top ten of the Agriculture & Forestry category.

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On the occasion of the International Day of Forests, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Bundesland Nordrhein-Westfalen, and the City of Bonn have officially welcomed EFI’s new office in Bonn. The EFI premises will be situated on the UN-campus, with 19 other international organizations.

EFI has launched new research programmes to support the implementation of its new strategy: Bioeconomy and Resilience. Both of the programmes are the main units responsible for leading, coordinating and developing the respective strategic themes with the support of other units.

On 9 March 2017, EFI Director Marc Palahí presented Marianne Borgen, the Mayor of Oslo (in the middle), and Gerd Robsahm Kjørven, Director for Agency for Urban Environment, with a certificate to mark Oslo's nomination as European Forest City 2017.

Lithuania has ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute, the entry into force will take place on 1 April 2017.

“The new strategy positions EFI closer to society and its demands”, says Dr Jean-Luc Peyron from ECOFOR, one of EFI’s long-term member organisations.
Comparing sustainability impacts of different constructions materials: BenchValue

The need to move away from a linear fossil-based economy towards a bio-based circular economy is widely acknowledged.

To supply the bioeconomy with sufficient biomass, access to wood resources needs to be increased, growth rates accelerated and harvesting and silvicultural operations and business models improved.
The plenary Meeting was held in Lisbon, preceded by The 3rd International Congress on Planted Forests aimed to investigate the contribution of planted forests to sustainable development in the context of global changes. scientific workshops in Bordeaux, Dublin and Porto.