Building an innovative and resilient forest bioeconomy

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Brussels, Belgium

The ThinkForest event ‘Building an innovative and resilient forest bioeconomy’ was held at the International Press Center, Brussels on 15 November 2016.

How to build an innovative and resilient forest bioeconomy was the subject of discussion among speakers, panellists and the audience. Discussions focused on:

  • The potential the forest-based bioeconomy has to offer for sustainable growth and new investments in the EU
  • How new technologies could bring ‘added value’
  • How to raise awareness of this added value that forests are offering
  • How to create a common understanding of the sustainability of a forest-based bioeconomy, including the potential use of forest-based indicators for bioeconomy monitoring and assessment

Host: Miapetra Kumpula‐Natri, Member of the European Parliament
Chair: Göran Persson, ThinkForest President 

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Our speakers included:

Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
Anton Stredák, State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic

John Bell, Director, Bioeconomy, DG Research and Innovation
Fredrick Federley, MEP
Lauri Hetemäki, Assistant Director EFI
Elisabeth Köstinger, MEP
Bart Muys, Prof., Forest Ecology and Management Research Group, KU Leuven
Bernhard Wolfslehner, Head of EFI's Central-East and South-East European Regional Office – EFICEEC-EFISEE


Role of EU forest sector in sustainable bioeconomy, Lauri Hetemäki
Needs and innovation in monitoring resilient bioeconomy development: A new EFI study, Bernhard Wolfslehner