The European Forest Institute (EFI), originally founded in 1993 in Joensuu and later transformed into an international organization in 2003, is a membership-based forest research organization with a special focus on forest policy. The institute has several facilities across Europe. While the headquarters are in Joensuu, Finland, other officers can be found in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and Sweden. Furthermore, it supports the European FLEGT programme across Asia with further facilities in China and Malaysia.
EFI has a wide focus on forest policy that reaches from research to policy support and project implementation. The research is conducted in five key areas: Bioeconomy, Resilience, Governance, Policy Support, and Mediterranean.
The activities entail the facilitation of forest-related networking and knowledge sharing, production of studies and research papers, as well as the support of the EU REDD and the EU FLEGT process. Beyond that, it regularly collaborates with the European Commission, in particular the Directorate-General Environment.
To date, the EFI was ratified by more than 25 countries across Europe, and has more than 120 member organizations, such as NGOs, industry research centres and universities.