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The Eberswalde Circle
What is the Eberswalde Circle?
The Eberswalde Circle is a group of donors who are strongly committed to IUFRO’s mission and strategy — Interconnecting Forests, Science, and People — and to expanding IUFRO’s capacity to address global pressures on forests. Their donations are used exclusively to support activities of strategic importance, such as identifying emerging issues and science gaps, increasing interdisciplinary science cooperation, and seizing opportunities to rapidly bring science to new policy formulation.
The International Union of Forest Experiment Stations was created in 1892 at a meeting held in Eberswalde, Germany. Forest research institutes in Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, and Hungary were the initial members. Since then, the network has grown to some 700 members and evolved into IUFRO — the premier global network for forest researchers. Using the name of Eberswalde commemorates the place where IUFRO was created. Seeking 125 donations of €1,892 is a way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of IUFRO’s founding in 1892.
What is the Need?
IUFRO leaders recognized that some opportunities presented to us required matching funds or support not included in annual budgets. To remedy this situation, the IUFRO Board created the IUFRO Strategic Fund in 2015. Now, donations are needed to grow the Fund. A larger Fund will strengthen IUFRO’s capacity to bring world-class science to policy dialogues and develop and implement solutions that are locally adapted and broadly accepted.