Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers
On 21-23 November 2018, Finnish Forest Association and Swedish Forest Agency organised a Forest Academy for EU decision makers in Southern Finland. This joint initiative of Finland and Sweden, organised for the first time, aims to function as a discussion platform focusing on the ways in which forests can contribute to the development of a sustainable circular bioeconomy. The key idea of the Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers is to offer possibilities to connect with other key decision makers in EU institutions and to share insights.

Finnish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Jari Leppä, and Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs, Sven‐Erik Bucht, opened the event. The EU Vice President, Jyrki Katainen, delivered a video message in which he stressed the importance of bioeconomy and circular economy. During the Forest Academy the participants heard presentations from many keynote speakers as among which Mia-Petra Kumpula-Natri, MEP (SDP), Lena EK, Chairman of the board, Södra, Karl-Henrik Sundström, Chief Executive Officer, Stora Enso and Antti Asikainen, Research professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE). Please find all speeches and presentations given during the Forest Academy here.

Fanny-Pomme Langue, the CEPF Secretary General, participated to the Forest Academy together with approximately 30 EU decision makers and had the opportunity to give a statement on current and upcoming EU policies concerning private forest owners. The two-day intense field course consisted of seminar sessions, field excursions, discussions and network building. The aim of the program was to present to the participants the entire value chain from sustainable wood sourcing and forest management to production. Please find more information on the visited sites here .

The next Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers will take place in 2019 in Sweden.

Please find the press release on the Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers here.


Photos from the Forest Academy for EU Decision Makers