With the aim of providing a better science-policy understanding of the policy issues facing European planted forests, the European Forest Institute will host in Brussels “The Future of Plantation Forests in Europe” on December 17th.
The event will gather representatives of different institutions including Think Forest, the Irish Ministry of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, the European Commission, The University of California (USA), the World Agroforestry Centre, the University of Lisbon, WWF, and organizations such as Smurfit Kappa Paper, among others.
The European Forest Institute is an international organisation, established by European States, with headquarters in Joensuu, Finland, and offices in Barcelona, Bordeaux, Bonn and Brussels as well as project offices in Malaysia and China. So far, 29 European States have ratified the Convention on EFI.
EFI’s work focuses on conducting research and providing policy support on issues related to forests, helps and stimulates forest-related networking and promotes the dissemination of unbiased and policy-relevant information on forests and forestry.
Its work in
the field of policy support includes enhanced support for decision
and policy makers. The Institute hosts the EU FLEGT Facility which supports the
EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process in developing
countries, related to the implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan. It also
hosts the EU REDD Facility, which supports partner countries in improving land
use governance as part of their effort to slow, halt and reverse deforestation.
“The Future of Plantation Forests” event is part of the EFI’s Strategy 2025, based around three interconnected and interdisciplinary themes: Bioeconomy, Resilience and Governance. It also strives to reach strategic goals, which can be summarized in three areas: an ambitious European forest research and innovation area; science-informed policies to address societal challenges and opportunities; and awareness in society of the importance of forests.