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Resilience Blog

Originally established by European Forest Institute‘s (EFI) pan-European Resilience Programme in 2017, this blog is since 2020 a collaboration between EFI’s Resilience and Governance Programme, both hosted by EFI’s Bonn Office. In 2023, EFI’s Mediterranean Facility joined us with their ResAlliance project. Together with our network of research institutions across Europe, our aim is to generate knowledge for decision makers to tackle environmental challenges.

In the Resilience Programme, we focus on:

  • Disturbances and global change related risks: Developing strategies to mitigate the risks of forest-related disturbances by prevention measures and
    increasing the resilience and adaptive capacity of forest social-ecological system. 
  • Combining adaptation and restoration (‘Prestoration’) for conserving and enhancing biodiversity, to ensure the contribution of forest ecosystems to climate change mitigation, and to provide a broad range of ecosystem services in a rapidly changing environment.  
  • Integrative Forest Management: Analyzing and promoting policies, strategies and management practices / tools to enhance integrated forest management in the context of competing objectives, complexity and uncertainty of decision-making under climate change as well as technical developments like digitalization.
  • Urban forests as green infrastructure: Investigating urban forestry, nature-based solutions and wood construction in developing climate smart cities, better rural-urban interfaces and enhancing health and well being in urban areas.

Priority topics for our Governance Programme are:

  • Ecosystem Services: Equipping forest-related decision-makers with the tools necessary to balance demand for and provision of essential environmental services delivered by forests, and the incentives and policy mixes needed to achieve it.
  • Biodiversity: Analyzing land-use and trade policies, and practices that promote and enrich forest biodiversity.
  • Sustainable Finance: Understanding the role of both private and public investments in forest conservation and management.
  • Climate Governance: investigating policies and forest governance arrangements aimed at steering social systems towards preventing, mitigating or adapting to climate change.
  • Zero Deforestation: Analyzing regulations and private-sector responses to deforestation-free supply chains, and their impacts on forests and people.
  • Ecosystem Restoration: Identifying and addressing the barriers as well as the key drivers that affect the restoration of forest landscapes.

European Forest Institute is an international organization with 30 member countries, and 130 member organizations from 39 different countries working in diverse research fields. EFI conducts research and provides policy support on issues related to forests

Editorial team
Gesche Schifferdecker (Communications Manager, EFI Bonn), Maria Schlossmacher (Communications Officer, EFI Bonn), Priscila Jordão (Communications Officer, EFI Bonn)