Minister Heidi Hautala (right), Communication specialist
Sallamaari Muhonen and Dr Rajendra K. Pachauri.
Photo: Koli Forum/Marshall Niles

Without new efforts made by every country in the world, climate change will continue unabated. As a result, the risk of various crises and the struggle for dwindling natural resources, such as clean water, will increase. Despite the threat they pose, crises are also an opportunity,” reminds one of the most important and influential experts in climate change today, Doctor Rajendra K. Pachauri.

Speaking in Joensuu, the Chairman of the UN International Panel on Climate Change and Nobel laureate Rajendra Pachauri remains hopeful. The bioeconomy offers new possibilities. Without renewable natural resources, development trends will not change.

Due to its high technology and level of education, Pachauri believes that Europe plays a key role in developing new methods and practices, which can be used to get more out of scarce natural resources for all humankind through more efficient, sparing and innovative methods. “This is a challenge, which is offset by business opportunities,” says Pachauri.

Resource efficiency is key

Resource efficiency is becoming a key factor in sustainable development and crisis management,” explained Finnish Minister of International Development Heidi Hautala at the “Changing climate – Is resource efficiency a way out of crises” seminar.

“Sustainable development requires a participative and job-creating green economy as well as the sustainable management of natural resources and environmental protection.  This promotes development and prevents natural resource crises,” stated Minister Hautala in her speech. Resource efficiency can also promote recovery from crises and reduce the risk of falling back into a conflict situation.

Water security is the foundation of developmental co-operation in the Finnish water sector. This reduces the risks associated with individual and collective health and well-being. On the other hand, Finnish assistance in the enforcement of transboundary water sharing treaties has had an influence on, for example, the Nile and Mekong River Basins. In the forest sector, Finland supports, for example, the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan for the prevention of illegal logging and good management as well as Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) mechanisms agreed upon in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Minister Hautala also discussed Finland’s Development Policy Guidelines for the Forest Sector, which will be published on 14 August.

Koli Forum – for a profitable bioeconomy

“As part of a sustainable and financially profitable bioeconomy, resource efficiency will also be one of the central themes of next month’s Koli Forum,” stated docent and Secretary General of the Koli Forum Liisa Tahvanainen, who opened for the event.

The sparing and efficient use of natural resources will be running into major challenges – and opportunities.  “By increasing investments in innovations that enhance resource efficiency, we end up with jobs, euros and international competitiveness. Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra has made the smart use of resources and natural resources one of its focal points and supports the work done by the Koli Forum,” explains Sitra Director, Jukka Noponen.

New IPCC Assessment Report in September

The International Panel on Climate Change is publishing its three-part Assessment Report The first volume of the Report, which covers basic science related to climate change, will be published in September 2013. The second and third volumes of the report and a Report Summary will be published in 2014. The previous Assessment Report was published in 2007.

Addressing bioeconomy, climate change, crises and resource efficiency perspectives, the ”Changing climate – Is resource efficiency a way out of crisis” seminar is organised by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Energy and Resources Institute, TERI and the Nordic Office of TERI in Joensuu,  in co-operation with the Koli Forum and University of Eastern Finland.

Koli Forum 17-19 September. 2013
Forest and Water – the key resources for sustainable bioeconomy

Secretary General, Adj. Professor, Dr. Liisa Tahvanainen
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