The Planted Forests Facility facilitates knowledge development and uptake in sustainable plantation forestry, providing expertise to practitioners and policy makers via a number of R&D projects.


The Planted Forests Facility is coordinator of:



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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 Planted Forest Facility will provide the guidance and direction for the project, having previously coordinated the Interreg Sudoe IV project FORRISK on forest risk management.

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The Planted Forests Facility is partner in:



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SustForest Plus is an initiative by the major players in the value chain of natural resin southwestern Europe to boost economic activity in the sector with three objectives that complement each other:

  • Meet the demand for natural resins industry Southwest Europe.
  • Generate stable and quality employment in rural areas of the Southwest Europe region.
  • Valuing commercial and technologically natural resin produced in the forests of Southwest Europe as a sustainable social, economic and environmental resource.

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The main aim of ESPERENCE project is to intiate a network of common gardens to monitor climate change impact on genetic ressources used in France and support recommendation for provenances and species choices in the context of climate change.
This network will benefit from the REINFFORCE experiment via EFI Planted Forests Facility participation and will set up the basis for a long term coooperation with the main R&D forest organisations in France : CNPF-IDF, INRA, ONF, FCBA, IRSTEA.
The main tasks are :

  • Setting up the partnership : governance and protocol definitions
  • Installing trials with common genetic material on forest sites
  • Designing and installing experiments for drought tolerance evaluation


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The project aim is to reach an increased understanding on how trees affect the wind field and how this effect can be taken into account in a range of different wind and meteorological models.

The Planted Forests Facility is working with the Danish Technical University and the software developers Worldinabox  to develop better coupled wind risk and airflow models in order to both more accurately predict airflow in forested hilly terrain and to improve the prediction of the wind damage risk to trees.


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The goal of GenTree is to provide the European forestry sector with better knowledge, methods and tools for optimising the management and sustainable use of forest genetic resources (FGR) in Europe in the context of climate change and continuously evolving demands for forest products and services.

EFI’s mission in this project is to coordinate the Work Package “ Adapting management and policies to optimise the use of forest genetic resources ", in which the Planted Forests Facility works on comparing micro-economic effects of different forest management scenarios starting from stand establishment (regeneration).

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TECH4EFFECT focuses on increasing access to wood resources through data and knowledge based forest management. Better understanding of the business models governing the procurement of forest operations services is also in the focus of TECH4EFFECT. The project further considers increasing efficiency in forest harvesting and collection, and the reduction of soil impact from forest operations, and puts forward ways of making this a measurable and integrated part of operational efficiency.

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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 the Planted Forest Facility.



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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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 Past projects 


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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 @





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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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