Scientific Seminar, 27.09.2018

Forests: Interconnecting Sustainable Development Goals to Action 

In our seminar, we will discuss the need for systemic change to build sustainable future within the new framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how forests, sustainable forestry and forest-based solutions can connect the SDGs to action. Furthermore, we will discuss how to create a compelling forest narrative as basis for sustainable development in a context of growing urbanization.

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Moderator: Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza, Professor, University of Tuscia

  Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission
  Donatella Spano , Assessore della Difesa dell'Ambiente, Regione Sardegna

Alessandra Stefani, Forest Director, Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy

  Knut Øistad, Chair of EFI Board, Head of Department of Economics and Society in the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
9.30–10.45 Setting the scene
Chair: Eeva Hellström, Senior Lead, Foresight and Strategy, SITRA (presentation)
9.45 The need for a new economic model as basis for sustainable development

Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair, UN International Resource Panel (presentation)

10.00 Making the UN Sustainable Development Goals work for sustainable well-being
  Robert Costanza, Professor, Australian National University (presentation)
10.15 State of world forests 2018
  Eva Müller, Director, Forestry Policy and Resources Division, FAO (presentation)
  Discussion (15mins)
10.45–11.15  Coffee break
11.15–13.15 Forests interconnecting SDGs: opportunities, challenges and communication
Moderator: Georg Winkel, Head of Resilience Programme, EFI
11.20 Sustainable development goals: Their impacts on forest and people
  Carol Colfer, Editor, IUFRO WFSE (presentation)
11.35 Why bioeconomy is key for sustainable development? Why now?
  Lauri Hetemäki, Assistant Director, EFI (presentation)
11.50 Discussion
12.05 Panel discussion: creating a compelling forest narrative moderated by Tom Heap, BBC
13.10–14.30 Lunch break

Mediterranean session
Mediterranean Forestry for sustainable development: Innovating with nature


Welcome words
Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza, Professor, University of Tuscia

14.40 The geo-strategic value of vegetation cover
Grammenos Mastrojeni, Coordinator for eco - sustainability initiatives at Italian Aid - Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy (presentation)
15.05 The role of forests in addressing Climate Change in the Mediterranean
Ricardo Valentini, Professor, University of Tuscia (presentation)

Panel discussion: creating value from Mediterranean forests for rural and urban communities, moderated by Inazio Martinez de Arano, EFI

16.30 Concluding remarks
Donatella Spano , Assessore della Difesa dell'Ambiente, Regione Sardegna (presentation)