EFI Central European Regional Office and the Observatory for European Forests


EFICENT is the regional office of the EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE (EFI) , an international organization established by European states . It is composed of two offices that were both founded in 2009:

EFI Central European Regional Office (EFICENT) is located in Freiburg, Germany, at the heart of the Black Forest. The office is working in close collaboration with the Forest Research Institute of Baden-Wϋrttemberg (FVA) and is supported by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)

The Observatory for European Forests (OEF) is based in Nancy, France. The Observatory has a pan-European perspective and provides valuable information and data delivery on forests. The French Ministère de l'Agriculture de l'Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt, the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), AgroParisTech – ENGREF, the University of Lorraine, ECOFOR, Grand Nancy, and La Region Lorraine actively support the office. 

An Advisory Group is supporting the work of EFICENT.


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Newly published EFI Technical Report
focuses on
provision costs of biodiversity protection



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“Provision cost function of forest biodiversity protection within French Natura 2000 network” aims at improving the information about provision costs of major forest services in Europe.

It was written by Seyed Mahdi Heshmatol Vaezin, with the collaboration and expertise of specialists within EFI, INRA, AgroParisTech and the French Natura 2000 network.

Download the report here.

More information in "News" section.



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