MOUNTFOR is a European Forest Institute (EFI) Project Centre on Mountain Forests hosted by FoxLab, the Research Unit of the Edmund Mach Foundation located in San Michele all’Adige                      (Italy). MOUNTFOR is built upon the expertise and structures of a core network of research institutes, associate members of EFI, cooperating in strict teamwork with Headquarters and Regional              Offices of EFI, and leading research networking, knowledge sharing and advanced learning

MOUNTFOR works closely with policy makers and forest managers to craft and implement site-specific adaptation strategies to fulfil all ecosystem services and to preserve water resources.

Following the European and International policies on forest protection, MOUNTFOR works closely with EFI to mobilize forest research and expertise aimed at addressing policy-relevant needs with regard to mountain forest services and products, and to the development of their value chain.


  • brings together researchers to generate and disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge in forest science, including traditional knowledge, for evidence-based decision making;
  • assists policy-makers and forest managers to craft and maintain equilibrium between socio-economic development and environmental conservation issues in mountain environments;
  • contributes to resource mobilization activities to secure programme implementation of international commitments for the protection of forests;
  • addresses transboundary issues by establishing solid strategic partnerships with relevant international organisations (e.g., FAO) and offering recommendations to regional and international authorities for restoring mountain forest ecosystems and functions, under the guidance of EFI;
  • contributes to the FAO European Forestry Commission Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds (EFC WP MMW-link).

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Euromontana, the European multisectoral association for co-operation and development of mountain territories that embraces regional and national mountain organisations throughout greater Europe, is looking for an intern working on forestry, mountain products and climate change, speaking Italian, to work in close collaboration with ERSAF (the Lombardian development agency in charge of the promotion of agriculture, forestry and mountain development).
Internship will start as soon as possible and will last 10 months (with a remuneration of 1100 € per month).
The intern will work in Bruxelles under the responsibility of the Director of Euromontana and in close contact with ERSAF, who is directly supporting the internship.  The job responsibilities will include:

  • Collection of good practices for forest management, organisation of one forestry event in Croatia in December 2016.
  • Develop information tools to promote and raise awareness for farmers, continue the work done on the follow-up of the implementation of the new optional quality scheme “mountain product” and on the identification of strategies to promote this scheme in Italy.
  • Support the Director in the organisation of the European Mountain Convention on the theme “adaptation and mitigation to climate change”.
  • Support ERSAF in its participation to Euromontana and in its participation in EU projects in particular to EUSALP (macro regional strategy for the Alpine Region) related projects 
  • Improving networking with Italian members of Euromontana. 

Click here for more information about the requested profile and the application procedure.

Marc Palahi, Director of the European Forest Institute, is asking for have views on the new Strategy of transition towards a low carbon economy in the post-petroleum era ( read the Letter_from_EFI_Director_28_January_2016.pdf), sent out from the Paris COP21 (http://www.cop21paris.org/). To provide your views, please fill in the web-based survey found here. It will only take you around 15 minutes and enables you to shape the future of EFI. Please, reply by 15th of February 2016.

Tomorrow, 10 February 2016, it will start the SENSFOR (ENHANCING THE RESILIENCE CAPACITY OF SENSITIVE MOUNTAIN FOREST ECOSYSTEMS UNDER ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE) MC & WG Meeting. Details about the meeting can be find here.

The Final COST STReESS meeting will take place in Joachimsthal (Berlin), Germany, from 13 to 14 April 2016. Registration, only for participants not reimbursed by COST, from here.

Call for contributions to the AlpWeek 2016. The manifold aspects of the relationship between the Alps and the people who live, work and recreate there will be the main focus of the fourth edition of the AlpWeek. In order to identify and showcase different approaches and sustainable development options, the organisers of AlpWeek 2016 would like to enter into a dialogue with Alpine players focusing on three main fields of action: demography, culture and quality of life. All interested individuals or organisations are invited to apply to run one or several of the 24 thematic sessions, and market stands. Here you can find the call for contributions (in English) detailing the opportunities and the selection process.