2016 Young Leadership Programme on Forest-Based Bioeconomy: Focus on Russia
The 2016 YLP was aimed at young professionals working in the research and development, governance, administration or business side of the forest sector, or a related area. The 5-day programme offered a unique opportunity for 20 young professionals with leadership potential to learn about the emerging opportunities and challenges facing forest-based bioeconomy in Russia, interact with a network of global peers and experts, and share practical experience through group exercises.
The 2016 YLP took place on 28 November - 2 December in Joensuu, Finland, and was organised in collaboration with Joensuu Science Park, Natural Resources Institute Finland and the University of Eastern Finland.
Participants on the YLP:
- learned about the science-policy-business framework affecting the development of the Russian forest sector and its potential for bioeconomy
- advanced their interdisciplinary knowledge and analyze trade-offs to understand the opportunities and challenges of the Russian forest sector and its role in bioeconomy
- explored innovative policies, technologies and institutions that promote the sustainable development of the forest sector in Russia and its contribution to the bioeconomy
- strengthened their skills in communication, collaborative leadership and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes
- experienced cross-cultural and cross-sectoral learning with peers from Russia and beyond, creating a lasting network
- interacted with EFI, UEF, LUKE experts in Joensuu, the most important knowledge hub on Russian forest sector outside Russia, as well as a pilot region to explore bioeconomy principles in Finland.