YLP 2016

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.

YLP 2016 participants
2016 participants visiting John Deere Forestry Ltd


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. 

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