European Tropical Forest Research Network

IIED's forest team acted as the UK focal point for the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) in 2010.


ETFRN is a network on forests and development, which was initiated by the European Commission’s directorate for research (DG RES) in 1991. The mission of ETFRN is to ensure that European research contributes to conservation and sustainable use of forest and tree resources in the tropics, subtropics and Mediterranean regions.

ETFRN promotes a dialogue between researchers, policymakers and forest users, the increased coherence of European tropical forest research, and the increased collaboration with researchers in developing countries through partnerships and other forms of capacity building.

The network has participants in 15 European countries. There is an ETFRN national focal point in each of these countries.

What did IIED do?

IIED contributed to a range of services provided by ETRFN, including ETFRN News, which comprises theme-based issues on research relevant to the international development agenda.

The ETFRN news is distributed worldwide. Issues of the ETFRN News have focused on 'Financing Sustainable Forest Management' and 'Forests and Climate Change: adaptation and mitigation'.

The ETFRN website provides a resource for forest research results and cooperation. It is an easy access to relevant web-based information on topics such as climate change; forests and water; biodiversity; non-timber forest products and more.

It also gives many links to opportunities for forest research in the tropics, subtropics and Mediterranean, vacancies and funding opportunities.