Research is conducted by EFIATLANTIC in accordance with the EFI and EFIATLANTIC research and development strategy, in close coordination with Atlantic partners and other EFI units.


Current research projects


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The aim of PLURIFOR is to help with the development of regional and transnational risk management plans for forest area susceptible to biotic and abiotic hazards. The project will focus on the risks posed by storms, fire, soil degradation, pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus), chestnut gall wasp (Dryocosmus kuriphilus), Eucalyptus weevil (Gonipterus scutellatus), Fusarium circinatum , and emerging pests and pathogens.

The project comprises 11 partners and 21 associate partners, uniting research institutes, universities, forest related organisations (unions, associations, services) and regional governments and councils from the Interreg Sudoe countries of Portugal, Spain and France.

The focus is on incorporating the latest scientific understanding of hazards to forests in the south-west of Europe into the civil planning mechanisms for dealing with these hazards and their impacts. It involves a direct transfer of knowledge between partner countries and partner institutions working alongside each other to develop evidence-based and up to date risk management plans.

EFIATLANTIC, the Atlantic European regional office of the European Forest Institute, will provide the guidance and direction for the project, having previously coordinated the Interreg Sudoe IV project FORRISK on forest risk management.

PLURIFOR kicked off on 12th July 2016.


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This project, funded by ERA-NET SUMFOREST and coordinated by EFI, will compare the environmental impact of wood products with that of nonrenewable products used in construction.

In order to do this, a tool that was developed in a previous European project, ToSIA (Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment), will be used in case studies to be carried out in 7 European countries: Austria, France, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Russia and Sweden.

As the amount of wood in construction is steadily increasing, its environmental value must be quantitatively documented. This project will demonstrate the validity of tools like ToSIA when comparing the impacts of diverse production chains for a range of products and contexts.

The FRENCH partners involved in the case study on Douglas fir in the area of Limousin are the FCBA, the University of Limoges and EFIATLANTIC.



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The management of tree species non-native to European geographical regions has a long tradition within forestry management practice. Their introduction to Europe (initially focussed on growing tree species) dates back to the 17th and 18th century when enormous demands were being made on natural resources to sustain the on-going industrialization of Europe.

Today, issues of biomass production and C sequestration as well as the question of whether these species could increase the adaptive capacity of forests to long-term climate change patterns have fuelled a growing interest in non-native tree species in Europe.

In order to determine their full potential (and associated management options), but also to assess associated risks and challenges the need for a communication platform - allowing for discussions with stakeholder groups from within and beyond European borders - is argued.

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The main objective of this project is to bring the landscape dimension closer to Europe. At the same time,the project provides demand-driven information for European policy decision makers on the challenges in forest management in 20 regions throughout Europe.

EFIATLANTIC and IRSTEA coordinate the case study in France, while EFIATLANTIC partners, ISA and FR, coordinate two other case studies.

Social science and  ecological science are combined to forecast the impacts of various political options on forest landscapes.

Download the first INTEGRAL case study report 'Pontenx'

WP2 Activity report of the French case study :

ORAZIO C., CORDERO R., VALLET P., MEREDIEU C., HAUTDIDIER B., SERGENT A., DEUFFIC P., BANOS V. -Maritime pine forest landscape evolution from 2009 to 2060 according to various political scenarios and forest land owner behaviour: assessment of ecosystem services and vulnerability. INTEGRAL WP2 Activity report of the French case study: Pontenx. 2015. - 92 p.

For a copy of this report, please send an email to rebeca.cordero @



Past projects



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A network for innovation in silvicultures and integrated systems for forest risk management.The objective of this project consisted in identifying the measures taken concretely in each of the participating regions (south-western Europe) for the management of identified and foreseeable risks and to suggest innovations to improve the management of these threats.

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A resource infrastructure for monitoring, adapting and protecting European Atlantic forests in a changing climate. This project, coordinated by EFIATLANTIC on behalf of IEFC, aimed to establish a network of 38 arboreta along the Atlantic rim containing controlled and selected seedlings. The adaptability of different tree varieties over a wide range of climatic and environmental conditions are assessed and a network of 42 demonstration sites have been established to monitor the efficiency of adaptive silviculture in the field.

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A three year project dedicated to a close cooperation between transnational and interregional research-driven, forestry-based clusters, in view of providing renewable energy, sustainable construction and bio-based products by formulating a joint strategy and action plan for sustainable forest management and development.

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Concerted action on profitability of European forest


Initiated by EFI headquarters and aimed to produce regional studies on forest profitability in all European regions with the support of the regional offices and coordinated by EFIMED.

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STORM European study 


An EU expert project coordinated by EFIATLANTIC that examines policy options for storm risk management in forests. The project compiled expert reviews of the major storms that have affected European forests since 1950, as well as recommendations for European measures on storm risk management and post-storm response.




A project focused on innovation transfer from the seed collection to the tree harvesting in south west europe and was coordinated by IEFC.

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A project dedicated to indicator for sustainable forest management improvement at regional scale coordinated by IEFC.

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project aimed at identifying research need for forestry.

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