European Forest Institute
|Formation||1993 as a NGO and 2005 as an international organization |
|Membership||23 member states|
|EFI Director||Risto Päivinen|
The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation established by the European states. By the spring of 2013, a total of 25 European states had ratified the Convention on EFI. With its about 130 Associate and Affiliate Member organisations, five Regional Offices and one Project Centre, it offers forest research contacts and collaboration at the European level. The headquarters of the Institute is in Joensuu, Finland.
EFI's five Regional Offices are integral parts of the institute. They give EFI a strong regional presence around Europe, while in return EFI brings increasing visibility to regional issues at the European level.
The Convention on the European Forest Institute has been ratified by total of 25 European countries by the spring of 2013, namely Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom. These countries each have a seat in the highest decision-making body in EFI's organisation, the Council.
Associate and affiliate members
EFI currently has approximately 130 member organisations from more than 35 countries. The benefits of associate and affiliate membership include voting rights for important decisions, access to the EFI network, news and announcements related to European forest research, visibility on the EFI website, and opportunity to receive EFI publications and publish announcements in EFI News free of charge.
EFI also has project centres around Europe. These centres focus on specific topics relevant to particular regions or important issues.
EFI conducts research and provides policy support on forest related issues. Further, it facilitate and stimulates forest related networking as well as promotes the supply of unbiased and policy relevant information on forests and forestry. It also advocates for forest research and for scientifically sound information as a basis for policy-making on forests. All these activities are done either at the pan-European level or the work is of European relevance and they are carried out by both the Institute's HQ and Regional Offices. The Headquarters' research units are:
- Sustainability and Climate Change
- Forest for Society
- Foresight and Policy Support
EFI's work on the field of policy support includes enhanced support for decision and policy makers. It has a strong policy advice role by hosting 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. EU FLEGT Facility assist the European Commission and the EU Member States in their joint efforts of its implementation.
- EFI started its activities in 1993 as an independent, international and non-governmental institution (Association). In 2005 EFI received the legal status of international organization. The Convention on the European Forest Institute and Host country agreement are available on the website of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- List of EFI regional offices
- List of EFI Country members
- EU FLEGT Facility