We are an international organisation, established by European States. 25 European States have ratified the Convention on EFI. We have c.120 Associate and Affiliate Member organisations in 35 countries, five Regional Offices and three Project Centres. Our Headquarters is in Joensuu, Finland, our Policy Support office is located in Barcelona, Spain, and we have a Liaison Office in Brussels.
We conduct research and provide policy support on issues related to forests.
- We facilitate and stimulate forest-related networking and promote the dissemination of unbiased and policy-relevant information on forests and forestry.
- We also advocate for forest research and for the use of scientifically sound information as a basis for forest policies.
These activities are conducted by our HQ and Regional Offices.
Our work in the field of policy support includes enhanced support for decision takers and policy makers. We host 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. We also host the EU REDD Facility, which supports partner countries in improving land use governance as part of their effort to slow, halt and reverse deforestation.
Our vision is to live in a world where the sustainability of our forests and societies is secured. We will achieve this by bringing together the best possible cross-boundary knowledge and expertise, and by actively contributing to the ongoing dialogue on forests.