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    19Apr

    Conference Proceedings FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe Oslo 2011

    • 08:27 PM
    • Oslo, Norway

    Through the FOREST EUROPE process (The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe), European countries have fostered protection and sustainable management of Europe’s forests for over twenty years. The continuous cooperation of the 47 signatories, including the Russian Federation and the European Union, has led to achievements such as the guidelines and criteria for sustainable forest management. The collaboration of the ministers responsible for forests in Europe has been of great economic, environmental and social importance on both national and international levels since the very beginning of the FOREST EUROPE process.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Governance and Forest Law Enforcement

    • 08:29 PM
    • Budapest, Hungary

    Illegal logging is a problem of major international concern and how to create durable governance capable of addressing ongoing environmental, social and economic challenges is one of the crucial questions of our times. FOREST EUROPE considers illegal logging a relevant matter to tackle and seeks measures to overcome this problem. In the Oslo Ministerial Conference in June 2011, the Ministers stated in the Oslo Ministerial Decision, European Forests 2020, paragraph 24 c their will to strengthening efforts against illegal logging and related trade. Therefore the Expert Level Meeting decided to include the organization of a workshop on governance and forest law enforcement in 2012 when approving the FOREST EUROPE Work Programme in February 2012.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Green Economy and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management

    • 08:32 PM
    • Santander (Spain)

    The potential of forests to play a key role in the transition to a green economy and foster green jobs is remarkable, and so is the need to place greater emphasis on the social aspects of forests and the forest sector. The importance of continuing to work on these two questions was underlined by the ministers in the Oslo Ministerial Conference in 2011. They stressed the need to adapt to the changing needs and priorities of society, strengthening the social dimension of forest management and boosting the creation of green jobs linked to forests.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    State of Europe's Forests 2011

    • 08:35 PM
    • EU

    Forests provide a multitude of benefits. Sustainably managed forests will give environmental benefits, provide sustainable economic development and improve the quality of life of people across the world. Forests are considered an essential part of the solution to many global challenges. In recent years, the capability of forests to mitigate climate change, provide renewable products and energy, and contribute to developing a greener economy has received increasing attention. But at the same time, these benefits are threatened by global warming and extreme weather events.[Read More]

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    18Apr

    A Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA) 2010-2020

    • 07:47 PM
    • EU

    The present document presents a common vision on the challenges of Mediterranean forests as well as a Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA) that describes the main research priorities for forestry in the region during 2010–2020. This document has been coordinated by the Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute – EFIMED – within the framework of the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) Strategic Research Agenda. The consultation process has involved a large number of institutions (research and academic, forest owners, NGOs, and international organisations such as FAO and CIHEAM) in 15 Mediterranean countries.

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    18Apr

    EFI News 1 - 2013

    • 08:30 PM
    • EFI

    European forests have a special year. First, this year EFI is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and we believe it is not only a celebration for EFI member organisations and Member Countries, or for the Institute itself, but an opportunity for the whole European forest sector to bring the continent’s forests into discussions and to increase their visibility. The ‘EFI 20 Years Science and Policy Forum’ will celebrate two decades of European forest networking from 23–27 September in Nancy, France. We invite you all to share your views on ‘Our forests in the 21st century – ready for risks and opportunities’.
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    18Apr

    EFI News 2 - 2013

    • 08:33 PM
    • EFI

    Our future is in science supporting policy making.

    The EFI 20-year anniversary week in Nancy, France was an event to remember. It successfully brought together EFI Member Countries and member organizations. This marks the first time the Council, the Annual Conference and a conference reflecting scientific and policy issues where held in the same week. The future of EFI is in the strong combination of research and policy support. Selecting research topics relevant for policy making, and reviewing the existing scientific knowledge on ongoing policy issues, are our priorities. Making this knowledge available and accessible within the right amount of time, scale and format is the guiding principle of EFI policy support activities.


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    18Apr

    The EU Forest Action Plan 2007-2011

    • 08:46 PM
    • EU

    Forests are an important part of Europe's heritage and identity. When satellites observe Europe from the skies, they see large masses of green. Forests and other wooded areas cover over 40% of the European Union of 27 Member States. But this huge area does not always receive the public attention it deserves, though forests have been essential throughout our history – for fuel, for shelter, for the air we breathe. Forests also contribute to our quality of life and the social and cultural dimensions of forests are increasingly appreciated by our society.
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    21May

    Public Relations for Forest Science (IUFRO)

    • 01:27 PM

    This manual is primarily intended for use by forest scientists who want to communicate their research results to various forest stakeholder groups including the public at large. It will also serve PR officers and research managers in the field of forest science to learn from other experts and refine their own skills in communicating forest research. The manual covers the most important concepts and methods in the field of public relations and presents these in an easy to understand manner. This will allow the non-experts in the public relations field to apply these tools as an effective means of interacting with forest stakeholders and the general public, and in this way dealing with the constant changes in society. The authors are convinced that through this manual users will be motivated and inspired to involve the public for the dissemination of scientific knowledge related to forests and trees.[Read More]

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    05May

    EFI News 1 - 2013

    • 02:24 PM

    European forests have a special year. First, this year EFI is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and we believe it is not only a celebration for EFI member organisations and Member Countries, or for the Institute itself, but an opportunity for the whole European forest sector to bring the continent’s forests into discussions and to increase their visibility. The ‘EFI 20 Years Science and Policy Forum’ will celebrate two decades of European forest networking from 23–27 September in Nancy, France. We invite you all to share your views on ‘Our forests in the 21st century – ready for risks and opportunities’. The year closes with the European Forest Week from 9–13 December organised by various forest organisations in Europe. During this week, everyone is encouraged to hold activities to raise awareness and strengthen political commitment and action, in a effort to continue working towards sustainable forest management. One way of bringing European forests into discussions is through the ThinkForest forum. Just a few months ago, issues related to the sustainability criteria of forest biomass were debated at a ThinkForest event in the European Parliament. Two weeks later, the adaption of forests to climate change was in focus during a similar event. On both[Read More]

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