Unique event where bioeconomy meets circular economy
The 5th Koli Forum is exceptionally held as a session in the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki on June 5-6, 2017. This special event of the year will highlight the drivers of and opportunities in bio- and circular economy, while offering a unique possibility for global networking. The event is expected to gather some 1,200 guests including business leaders, policymakers, researchers and innovators.
On the second day of the event Koli Forum is organizing a session titled Forest-based Bioeconomy and Climate Change Mitigation. This session will focus on the importance of forests and the forest-based sector in offering solutions to climate change related global challenges and will be opened with a ministerial discussion between Kimmo Tiilikainen, the Finnish Minister for Agriculture and the Environment and Glenn Mason, the Assistant Deputy Minister from Natural Resources Canada. Other speakers include Marc Palahí, Director General of European Forest Institute and Karl-Henrik Sundström (tbc), CEO of Stora Enso. A lively panel discussion concerning topical issues related to forests and climate change mitigation will be moderated by Mari Walls, President and CEO of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). In addition to the above speakers, panelists include also Kai Merivuori, CEO of the Finnish Sawmills Association and Erika Mink, Vice President Public Affairs from Tetra Pak.
In addition to the Koli Forum session the The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 consists of 16 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business, cities and finance. The main organizer of the World Circular Economy Forum 2017 is the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, in cooperation with Koli Forum and several renowned partners, such as the Nordic Council of Ministers, European Commission, European Environment Agency (EEA), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Resources Forum (WRF), Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.