The European Forest Institute (EFI)
The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organization established by the European states. It has 28 Member Countries, and c. 115 member organizations from 37 different countries working in diverse research fields. EFI provides forest-related knowledge around three interconnected and interdisciplinary themes: bioeconomy, resilience and governance.
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.
EFI excels in carrying out projects at the European level, and has a track record of over 30 projects carried out for the European Commission DGs during the past few years. EFI puts increasing emphasis on cross-sectoral approaches in its research and development activities. It is thus in a good position to have efficient access to social, economic and environmental expertise covering all of Europe’s bio-geographical regions. The work in the field of policy support includes enhanced support for decision takers and policy makers. For example, the high-level forum on forests, ThinkForest, brings together high-level policy makers and leading European forest scientists to generate science-policy dialogue on strategic forest-related issues. EFI is quickly becoming a leading science-policy platform providing forest-related knowledge to build a sustainable future: connecting knowledge to action.
EFI has a strong policy support 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’s Project Centre RUSFOR is a wide network of Russian forest organisations which focuses on forest policy and governance issues. RUSFOR started its five-year term at the beginning of 2014, under the coordination of St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University.
Initially, RUSFOR will focus on capacity building, for example organising yearly summer schools to support a new generation of Russian scientists, and better connect them to European institutions. Similarly, it is a platform which will enable European scientists and students to be better connected to Russian institutions.