About Koli Forum

The Koli Forum is a top-level initiative establishing a new discussion forum on natural resources. Topics of Koli Forum are related to natural resources and the bioeconomy from the availability of raw materials, their economic use and environmental aspects. Koli Forum has evolved into a trendsetting advisory forum in the fields of the bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources.

The aim of Koli Forum Association is to serve as a forward-looking, informal discussion platform for global leaders. The objective is to search out the best solutions for the future that takes into consideration both the potential and the limitations of natural resources. The association organizes a Koli Forum event every second year. There Koli Forum draws up a set of proposals for action: the Koli Theses. Through the Koli Theses the Forum aims to influence the decision-makers who shape our common future.

Koli Forum Association

2014_KoliForum-ry_2-2_Kuvaaja_Tuula-Sjostedt-2Photographer Tuula Sjöstedt 

Koli Forum was launched as an association on 16. September in 2014 with ten founding member organizations: Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), Finnish Meteorological Institute, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, Regional Council of North Karelia, Forestry Development Centre TAPIO, City of Lieksa and The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

Chairman of the board is Mr. Jyrki Kangas, Professor of Forest Bioeconomy, from University of Eastern FinlandThe acting Secretariat is Ms. Liisa Käär from Tapio Silva Oy.

Koli Forum started on Mr. Pekka Hallberg’s initiative in 2009. Before the association the secretariat has been Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) in 2009 and University of Eastern Finland (UEF) in 2011 and 2013.

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