Agroforestry is a sustainable land management system recognized worldwide but not implemented in a extensive form in temperate and developed countries. Agroforestry has been promoted in the last decades at global level as it provides more efficient and sustainable farming systems.
EFI's Elias Hurmekoski is one of the authors of a new review which identifies and summarises the factors and assumptions affecting forest bioenergy potential estimates.
Wood is a very versatile raw material and thus an important resource for many industries, such as construction, furniture, pulp and paper, bioenergy and biorefineries (new chemical products). Using wood is one of the safest ways to reduce the CO2 emissions that are the main cause of climate change.
The bioeconomy has mobilised significant investments in technology, research and innovation. New and innovative bio-products and related services have emerged, and related niche markets show dynamic growth. The future of the bioeconomy, however, raises questions relating to its development potential, but also its sustainability.
The approach developed during the BeWater project to make society an active participant in adapting river basin management to climate change is now available online.
A team of researchers from EFI and five of its member organisations has published a paper looking at the potential climate change mitigation effects of EU forests. European forests and the forest-based sector are already contributing significantly to climate change mitigation and substitution for fossil raw materials.
In the autumn of 2015, EFI’s Project Centre MOUNTFOR (Preserving and Enhancing the Multifunctionality of Mountain Forests) organised the 30th session of the European Forestry Commission Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds.
The year 2016 was a turning point: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted, and the Paris Agreement on climate change came into effect.
Catastrophic forest fires claimed lives this summer across the world, from California to Portugal and Spain. The Mediterranean basin is a global wildfire hotspot and the threat of wildfires to forests and society is expected to increase with climate change.
One of the data services EFI offers to its network is the Forest Products Trade Flow Database.
Forests are of crucial importance for Natura 2000, the EU-wide ecological network of protected areas. Nearly 25% of the total forest area in the EU is part of the network, but knowledge about how Natura 2000 is implemented in forests, and its effects on biodiversity, forest management and other land uses across the EU is fragmented.
In 2016, our work at the European Forest Institute focused on building the new EFI Strategy 2025 – together with our network.
A team of researchers from EFI, the University of Eastern Finland and the Lithuanian Forest Research institute has published a paper looking at whether the intensified use of wood can be combined with climate change mitigation measures to increase carbon sinks in the forest-based sector in Lithuania, and what are the possible socio-economic and
In the EU, the construction sector employs currently more than 12 million people and accounts for 42% of the total energy consumption as well as 35% of the total greenhouse gas emissions, when considering the whole lifecycle of buildings.