The European Forest Institute (EFI), a Finnish association, will change its status to become an international organisation on September 4.

Spain, Romania, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Finland, Sweden and Germany have all ratified the convention of the EFI. The EFI structure will remain very much as it is now, with the addition of a new organisational body – the Council.

Representatives of ratifying countries will convene at the council every three years and the first meeting will be held in Helsinki on September 5.

The organisers say the international status of EFI will start a new era in pan-European research co-operation by bringing international forest research closer to national agendas. This will make it easier to pool resources on important forests and forestry topics.