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Type of site
Information and Communication Platform
Available inGerman, English, French, Italian
Launched2005 ( is an international, multilingual information and communication Website for a wide range of forestry topics.[1][2]


The Website is published by the Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg, Freiburg, Germany (FVA), the Bavarian Forest Institute, Freising, Germany (LWF), the Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, Vienna, Austria (BFW) and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf, Switzerland (WSL).

The network comprises forest research institutes, forest administrations, forest owner associations and other non-governmental organisations offering access to expert knowledge. The interactive platform has established itself in Central Europe as the leading online-information source for a wide range of forestry and forest-related topics. By May 2017 more than 3300 articles were available.[3]

In addition to the four publishing research institutes from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, a number of other partner institutions have contributed to[4] All partners involved use their own resources for financing their editorial staff. As of September 2011 each of the nine editorial offices compiles and edits expert information and then presents it on the web-portal. They cooperate with organisations such as the Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund, the Federal Office for the Environment, the Swiss Ornithological Station Sempach, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, and the Rottenburg University of Applied Forest Sciences.


The forest ecosystem

The Federal Research Institute (WSL) had the idea of making relevant practical knowledge from forestry and environmental science available for everyone in an easily accessible forum. In the summer of 2003, the prototype went online.

The experience gained from was very positive. At the same time, the four research institutes involved in forest research FVA, LWF, BFW, WSL intensified their efforts to develop a joint forest information system with contents from international sources. This project was part of the KnowForAlp Initiative comprising in total 19 research institutes from seven countries. From this initiative emerged which went online on 16 February 2005.[5][6][7]

Since then, the number of contributions to and the supply of forestry expertise has continued to grow. In 2007, was awarded the Schweighofer Innovation Award for Forestry with a total of 50.000 euros in prize money.[8] The internationality, multilingualism and the professionalism of the contributions to made an especially favourable impression on the jury.[9][10] The prize money was used for the further development and the redesign of the website. Since mid-2015 is also available as a Mobile app for Android and Apple iOS.[11][12]

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  1. ^ "Metadata of". EFI EUROFOREST PORTAL. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  2. ^ " on Organic.Edunet". Organic.Edunet. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  4. ^ "About us". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Internet-Portal - fünf Jahre Aktuelles zu Wald und Forst" (in German). Proplanta GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  6. ^ International Conference on Transfer of Forest Science and Knowledge and Technology: Proceedings; Lässig Reinhard; Moritzi Martin; Schaub Marcus; von Detten Roderich (2007). WWW.FORESTKNOWLEDGE.NET: A Joint Internet-Based Information Platform Transferring Forest Knowledge in the Alpine Space (PDF). Books LLC, Reference Series. pp. 161–168. ISBN 1-234-43159-9.
  7. ^ "Saariselkä 2007: Integrating Knowledge Discovery and Knowledge Application:A Multilingual Internet-based Approach to Transfer Forest Knowledge in the Alpine Space" (PDF). Reinhard Lässig, Martin Moritzi, Marcus Schaub, Roderich von Detten. Finnish Forest Research Institute.
  8. ^ "Category Forestry Innovation Prize". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  9. ^ " gewinnt Innovationspreis" (in German). ORF. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Preisgekröntes Waldwissen" (in German). Tagesanzeiger Zürich. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  11. ^ Neue App für Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  12. ^ mit neuer App Retrieved 29 October 2015.

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