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China’s role as a major export destination for European forest products, and as a source of capital for developing bioeconomy in Europe, and a key partner in climate mitigation, has increased significantly especially in the current decade. However, there is no systematic assessment of the European-China forest-based bioeconomy development. What are the opportunities, challenges and policy implications this has?

First “China-Europe Forest Bioeconomy" -authors meeting took place in Beijing, China on 9-10 April. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and develop the contents for “China-Europe Forest Bioeconomy: Assessment and Outlook”- report which is part of EFI’s From the Science to Policy -series. 

The study aims to provide a pioneering assessment of the current situation and outlook. It is planned that the study will assess, for example:

  • China as an export region for European forest bioeconomy products
  • China as an investment location for European forest bioeconomy companies
  • China as an investor in forest bioeconomy in Europe
  • China ‘s role in global bioeconomy supply chain, and potential impacts on forest sector in Europe
  • China’s role in global climate and sustainability policy, and its impacts to European bioeconomy development

From EFI Xiaoqian Chen (Lead author for the report and Senior Expert, China-Europe Forest Bioeconomy) and Lauri Hetemäki (Assistant Director) were present at the meeting.

“China-Europe Forest Bioeconomy" -authors