EFIATLANTIC has largely based its operational networking on the previously active partnership developed during the period 2001–2009 by EFI’s former project centre the European Institute for Cultivated Forests (IEFC), which was consolidated as an EFI Regional Office in 2009. EFIATLANTIC’s network has defined four strategic areas of activities:
1. The integrated management of forest risks.
2. The facilitation of adaptation to climate change and the enhancement of the role of mitigation.
3. The sustainable intensification of wood production.
4. The economic viability and provision of ecosystem services.
EFIATLANTIC hosts and contributes to other European R&D networks such as the EVOLTREE Network of Excellence focussing on forest tree genetic and genomic resources.
EFIATLANTIC facilitates interactions and synergies between scientists and regional stakeholders and organises networking events, field tours and scientific seminars on forest-related topics, including: forest policy and socio-economic issues, forest health, ecosystem services,
biodiversity, silviculture and modelling.
EFIATLANTIC also contributes to capacity-building by organising courses for different target groups.
EFIATLANTIC coordinates the IUFRO Task Force, Sustainable Planted Forests for a Greener Future.
Reflecting increased pressure on forest resources, the Task Force will focus in its first term of 2 years (2015-2017) on key issues related to the intensification of planted forest management in order to meet the increasing demand for forest products from growing populations and green economies, and doing this sustainably to reflect the changing global environment (Sustainable Intensification).
The overall outcomes of the task force will be:
- an enduring multidisciplinary platform for international and pan IUFRO scientific collaborations based on the task force themes;
- an improved interface between IUFRO science activities and the wider society and policy initiatives related to planted forests;
- internationally coordinated research programmes which will take forward the research needs on the sustainability of planted forests.
For more information about the Task Force, its members and its activities, visit the IUFRO Task Force website:
www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/planted-forests or download the
Task Force leaflet