Since 2014, the European Forest Institute grants the title of European Forest City to the host city of the EFI Annual Conference. The granting of this title also seeks for the laureate city to promote awareness of the role of Europe’s forests. Previous European Forest Cities include Bilbao (2014), Saint Petersburg (2015), Vienna (2016), Oslo (2017), Sardinia (2018), Aberdeen (2019), Bonn (2020) and Prague (2021).

For 2022, the EFI has selected Barcelona as European Forest City and venue for the institution’s annual conference. Barcelona will host throughout the year a series of events and activities for professionals and the general public that will deepen the discussion on Biocities and a new way of designing and managing cities, building upon the principles of Circular Bioeconomy, which takes its inspiration from nature.