Forest research and its network of Associate Members is in a unique position to provide collective science-based insights at European and regional level to support informed policy making. Research function, with the involvement of its Associate Members, aims to Conduct and promote interdisciplinary and cross-sector research, to address policy-relevant issues at a pan-European or regional level Support the coordination, strengthening and networking of forest research capacities aiming to overcome the fragmentation of European forest research. Advocate for forest research within the forest sector, as well as within other scientific domains. Research and Information products include European research projects, comparative studies, European databases and thematic maps, as well as decision-support tools for European and regional level forest policy decision making. Research is carried out in flexible teams of experts among EFI’s own research staff and other experts, based on the given task. EFI has research staff in its headquarters-based research programmes: Sustainability and Climate Change and Forest for Society, Foresight and Policy Support and at its Regional Offices: EFIMED based in Barcelona, EFIATLANTIC in Bordeaux, EFICEEC-EFISEE in Vienna and in Zagreb, EFINORD in Umea and EFICENT in Freiburg.
Forest researches have two types of members: Member Countries and member organisations. The Member Countries are called ‘Members’ and the member organisations are called ‘Associate Members’ and ‘Affiliate Members’ These two types of members form the very core of the network. Currently there are 26 Members who have ratified the Convention on the European Forest Institute. These particular Members form the highest decision-making body of forest research. The EFI Associate Members meet on annual basis at the EFI annual conference. Forest research currently has c.115 member organisations from 36. The organisations mainly include research institutes and universities.
Researcher Marcus Lindner includes his research about climate change that will affect all goods and services the forests provide. Forestry is also exposed to rapid changes in societal demands on the forest resources. Both trends challenge the sustainability of the forest-based sector. Climate is expected to become more variable with greater risk of extreme weather conditions, forestry will have to develop suitable adaptation strategies in different regions, study related to changes in forest resource management affect the provisioning of forest goods and services, developing methods to quantify wood production, biomass potentials, carbon sequestration, deadwood, water yield, forest fire risk, and suitability for recreational use. This has been developed since 2006. This new decision-support software tool will help policy makers, business planners and other stakeholders to make decisions on issues related to the use of forest resources and the production and consumption of wood products. To SIA analyses Forest Wood Chains as chains of production processes which are linked by products. Each process is characterized using indicators of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The tool quantifies sustainability impacts of decision alternatives in policies, management or technology in a transparent way to offer an objective platform for communication and argumentation about sustainable development in the forest based sector.