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Founded: 1993
Scope: pan-European
Policy area: Forest and forestry
Type of institution: Non-governmental
Field of work: Research, Policy
Language: English
URL: EFI website
Format: html
Access: Free
Publisher: EFI
Country(ies): Finland
Date: 10/4/2011

The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation established by European states. Its vision is to live in a world where the sustainability of our forests and societies is secured. EFI is achieving this by bringing together the best possible cross-boundary knowledge and expertise, and by actively contributing to the ongoing dialogue on forests.

Objective To carry out research of European forests, forestry and forest products, especially in order to support policy-making and decision-making processes
Thematic priority(ies) Sustainability and climate change, policy and governance, forest related information
Functions EFI conducts research and provides policy advice on forest related issues. Further, it facilitates and stimulates forest related networking as well as promotes the supply of unbiased and policy relevant information on forests and forestry
Linkage(s) to policy processes, instruments and institutions EU FLEGT, EU Timber Regulation, FOREST EUROPE
Keywords Forest research, policy advice, forest networking, information, sustainability and climate change, governance
FOREST EUROPE criteria FOREST EUROPE indicators ToSIA indicators
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Regional offices

  • EFI Mediterranean Regional Office (EFIMED), located in Barcelona (Spain). EFIMED was established in July 2007 as a pilot. The Regional Office focuses on forest issues of particular importance to the Mediterranean region, including non-timber values of forests. The Head of the Regional Office is Dr. Marc Palahi[1]
  • EFI Central European Regional Office (EFICENT) and the Observatory for European Forests (EFICENT-OEF). Since 2009, EFICENT aims at promoting and supporting national, transboundary and European-wide collaboration in research and information provision, and strengthening networking in the Central European region and through the OEF at European scale. General topics with regional focus are changing environmental conditions and multifunctional demands towards forest, while the OEF addresses timber and socio-economics and criteria and indicators, information needs & policy decision support in a European context. EFICENT and the OEF have distributed locations in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), Nancy (France) and Zurich (Switzerland). It is headed by Mr. Andreas Schuck (Freiburg, Germany), Dr. Patrice Harou heads the OEF (Nancy, France)[2].
  • EFI Atlantic European Regional Office (EFIATLANTIC), located in Bordeaux (France). EFIATLANTIC covers the region of the Atlantic Rimfocusing on the sustainable management and competitive utilization of planted forest resources. EFIATLANTIC was launched in spring 2009. The Head of the Regional Office is Dr. Christophe Orazio[3].
  • EFI Central-East European Regional Office (EFICEEC), located in Vienna (Austria). EFICEEC covers a region extending from the Baltic Countries down to South Eastern Europe, with three broad work areas: forest sector policy and economics; land use change in the context of climate change and bio-energy; and forest ecosystem management. The Regional Office was launched in April 2010. The Head of EFICEEC office is Dr. Bernhard Wolfslehner[4].
  • EFI North European Regional Office (EFINORD), located in Copenhagen (Denmark). EFINORD covers the Nordic countries and the countries in the Baltic Sea region and the North Atlantic region. EFINORD launched its activities in April 2010, and is headed by Mr. Mika Mustonen. The two thematic issues of EFINORD will be biomass production and ecosystem services, with cross-cutting themes of climate change, environmental economics and governance and policy[5].

Project centers


Country members

(spring 2011)

Twenty-three European States had ratified the Convention on EFI, namely Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Member organisations





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  • Center of Forestry, Weihenstephan
  • Department of Forest Sciences, Dresden University of Technology
  • Federal Research Institute of Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
  • Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg
  • Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • State Enterprise for forestry and timber
  • University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde
  • University of Freiburg, Faculty of Forest and Environmental Sciences
  • University of Göttingen, Faculty of Forestry


  • Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment
  • Technological Education Institute of Kavala, Department of Forestry and Natural Environment Management at Drama



  • Forest Research Institute, Budapest
  • University of West Hungary, Faculty of Forestry



  • Iceland Forest Service


  • Coillte
  • Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • UCD School of Biology and Environmental Research, Agriculture and Food Science Centre


  • Department of Agro-forestry Systems and Land Use, University of Padova
  • Forest and Range Management Research Institute
  • Institute of Agro-environmental and Forest Biology
  • Italian Academy of Forest Sciences
  • National Institute for Agricultural Economics (INEA)
  • University of Molise
  • University of Tuscia



  • Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava”



  • Forest Research and Management Institute



  • Alterra
  • Wageningen University, Forestry groups


  • Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management



  • Faculty of Forestry, Poznan University of Life Sciences
  • Forest Research Institute, Sekocin Stary
  • Institute of Wood Technology
  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Forestry


  • Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Department of Forestry
  • National Forest Research Station (EFN)
  • School of Agricultural and Forest Sciences of Coimbra
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa



  • Forest Research and Management Institute



  • Faculty of Forestry, University of Belgrade
  • Institute of Forestry, Belgrade
  • Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment


  • National Forest Centre – FRI
  • Technical University in Zvolen


  • Slovenian Forestry Institute
  • University of Ljubljana, Department of Forestry


  • CREAF, Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications
  • Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros de Montes (Forestry School)
  • Forest Research Centre (CIFOR-INIA)
  • Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia
  • Pau Costa Foundation on Fire Ecology and Management
  • Politechnical University of Valencia, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos
  • University of Santiago de Compostela, Higher Polytechnic School of Lugo
  • University of Valladolid, School of Agriculture, Food Technology and Forestry


  • Federation of Forest Owners
  • Holmen Skog AB
  • Linnaeus University
  • Skogforsk – The Forestry Research Institute of Sweden
  • Sveaskog
  • Swedish Forest Agency
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


  • ETH Zurich, Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems ITES
  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research



  • Istanbul University, Faculty of Forestry
  • Poplar and Fast Growing Forest Trees Research Institute



  • Ukrainian Research Institute of Forestry and Forest Melioration

United Kingdom

  • Bangor University, School of the Environment and Natural Resources
  • Forestry Commission Research Agency, Forest Research

Non-european countries

Following institutions, not being european, are affiliate members (not associate members).


  • Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service


  • Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute

United States

  • Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service
  • University of Georgia, Center for Forest Business
  • USDA Forest Service, Research & Development, Washington D.C.

International bodies

  • Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF)
  • Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)
  • European Confederation of Woodworking Industries – CEI-Bois
  • European Landowners’ Organisation
  • International Forestry Students’ Association
  • Nordic Forest Research Co-operation Committee (SNS)
  • Union of Foresters of Southern Europe



  1. EFIMED website.
  2. EFICENT-OEF website.
  3. EFIATLANTIC website.
  4. EFICEEC website.
  5. EFINORD website.
  6. Phoenix website.
CountryFinland +
DescriptionThe European Forest Institute (EFI)
The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation established by European states. Its vision is to live in a world where the sustainability of our forests and societies is secured. EFI is achieving this by bringing together the best possible cross-boundary knowledge and expertise, and by actively contributing to the ongoing dialogue on forests.
buting to the ongoing dialogue on forests. +
FOREST EUROPE criterionAll (FOREST EUROPE criterion) +
FOREST EUROPE indicatorAll (FOREST EUROPE indicator) +
Has EFI country memberAustria +, Bulgaria +, Croatia +, Czech Republic +, Denmark +, Finland +, Germany +, Greece +, Republic of Ireland +, Italy +, Latvia +, Luxembourg +, Netherlands +, Norway +, Poland +, Portugal +, Romania +, Slovenia +, Spain +, Sweden +, Switzerland +, Turkey + and United Kingdom +
Policy areaForest and forestry +
PublisherEFI +
Scopepan-European +
Short titleEFI +
ToSIA indicatorAll (ToSIA indicator) +
Type of institutionNon-governmental +