Koli Theses 2013

KOLI THESES 2013 – Measures to achieve the targets

 “We shall use the abundant resources wisely and productively, and to identify fully the values of nature and the natural processes to the bio-economy”, Ville Niinistö, Minister for the Environment, Government of Finland.

 Koli Forum states that, the main driving force for a competitive bioeconomy is market force (57,9 %); but we need also government regulations and international multilateral agreements.

 It is time to start taking actions at local level in order to reach global targets (92,7%), even though we have not reached a global agreement.

 THESIS 1:

 Prevent crises and conflicts aggravated by climate change, increasing competition and diminishing renewable resources.

 1  We need resource wisdom: more efforts to increase resource efficiency, management of resources and decrease the environmental consequences of use

 2  Visionary countries and companies are needed to lead by example

3  Prevent the use of non-explored fossil energy resources

4 Empower consumers

 5 Develop communication

6  Prevent crises

THESIS 2:

Bioeconomy drives the economy and growth

The demand for bio-based products is increasing. People’s environmental concerns and climate change as well as the growing scarcity and increase in the prices of non-renewable raw materials is boosting the demand for bio-based products and services.

1  Consumer behaviour is the driver for sustainable business growth

2  Foresight and focused innovation activities facilitate the optimal use of resources

3  Reliable monitoring of renewable resources is needed

4  Resource efficiency is coming increasingly important factor for profitable and sustainable business

5  Financing pilot projects and demonstrations

6  Governance can enhance bioeconomy growth

 THESIS 3:

To enhance bioeconomy growth, governance is crucial

1  National foresight, vision and strategy processes to form a long-term perspective

2  Cross-sectoral governance and approach in strategy work, planning  and decision making

3  Holistic approach to a bioeconomy by national governments

4  Ambitious and cross-sectoral goals, courage in leadership

5 Utilizing open data more efficiently for sustainability

6 Transparent and independent impact analysis and a systematic stakeholder process for all policy decisions

Young doctors and doctoral Students were assistant reporters of Koli Forum, they highlighted the next 8 key topics which would be most important to boost bioeconomy and sustainable development:

 1  Relationship of forests, water and climate change is a key factor is sustainable development, and should be better understood

2   Differentiated responsibility and call for local/global action on sustainability issues

3   Need for increased use of waste for energy, better use of resources, cycle approach

4   Right pricing of resources and environmental services

5   Information and infrastructure for sustainable living

6   Call for action to demonstrate feasibility of the bioeconomy

7   Need for a paradigm shift and integrated approaches to governance

8   Importance of communication, and working with behavioural and social sciences

WWF youth volunteers message was that it is time to take actions. They also emphasized that the solutions for solving climate crises does not come for free. They pointed out that if you learn to think about sustainability and the climate crises at an early age, that would make a difference.


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