Koli Forum Newsletter 1/2015


Koli Forum brings together bioeconomy visionaries


In spite of the recent downturn, economic growth is expected to continue as the world’s population expands. It is essential to develop technical and practical ways to use our natural resources intelligently to secure the long-term well-being of mankind. More than ever before, we need a common understanding of effective policies and business practices that support the transition towards the bioeconomy.

Koli Forum 2015 brings together opinion leaders and experts from various business, scientific and policy sectors to discuss strategies for economic growth within the framework of sustainable development in order to create favourable conditions for a flourishing bio-based economy.

Petteri Taalas, Chairman of the Board, Koli Forum Association


The Northern Bioeconomy in focus at the Koli Forum 2015


The fourth Koli Forum event will be held on September 9-11, 2015 at the Koli National Park in Lieksa, Finland. The theme of the forum is Wealth from the Northern Bioeconomy – Joint Opportunities and Challenges for Business and Well-being.

Northern regions share the same challenges and opportunities in the sustainable use of natural resources and in the transformation towards a circular economy.  At the Koli Forum, global leaders, policy makers, business people and research scientists will be discussing common drivers and opportunities for innovation, business and policy development.

Among the prominent speakers are e.g. Managing Director Bas de Leeuw from the World Resources Forum, Professor Yonglong Lu from the Chinese Academy of Science, Co-chair Janez Potocnik from the UNEP Resource Panel, Interim Executive Director Barend Verachtert from EU’s Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking and Chairman of the Board Henrik Ehrnrooth from Pöyry PLC. The participants will represent a wide range of organizations, such as investment banks, the Nordic Council of Ministries, NGO´s and high level executives from companies.The programme and more information on Koli Forum 2015 will be published soon at www.koliforum.fi.


Dr. Liisa Käär appointed as Secretary General of the Koli Forum Association

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Ms Liisa Käär has started as permanent Secretary General for the Koli Forum Association on February 15, 2015. She has a doctoral degree in forest resources from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, and a master’s degree from the University of Helsinki in forest product marketing. Dr. Käär is a high-level expert in forest resources, sustainability issues in forestry and forest industries, natural resources governance and economic analyses of the forest-based bioeconomy. She is presently employed by Tapio Oy (previously Forestry Development Centre Tapio) in Finland, and prior to that has been working as Vice President for sustainable development for Stora Enso Oyj in Helsinki, Finland, and as Senior Consultant for Ekono Inc. in Bellevue, WA, USA, and for Jaakko Pöyry Consulting Oy in Finland.


Koli Forum – High level network is now an established association

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The Koli Forum event has been known around the world as an international meeting place for new perspectives on the sustainable use of natural resources. The top-level initiative was established in 2006 as a discussion forum on natural resources with varying topics concerning e.g. the availability of raw materials, their economic use and environmental aspects. Every two years, the forum has gathered decision-makers and opinion-formers from around the world to discuss various topics related to natural resources.

In autumn 2014, the activities were reorganised to an association. Its operations will stay anchored in the high-level, biennial event, but expand to include other annual events in order to increase the impact on society. The new operational approach will provide greater opportunities to promote the bioeconomy and the sustainable use of natural resources internationally.

The Koli Forum Association was founded by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Regional Council of North Karelia, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Forestry Development Centre Tapio (Tapio Oy), University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and City of Lieksa.

Koli National Park is one of the most valued landscapes of Finland. It has inspired many painters and composers, e.g. Jean Sibelius. The surroundings provide a unique combination of internationally recognized natural and cultural attractions.


Secretary General Dr. Liisa Käär, liisa.kaar(at)koliforum.fi, tel. + 358 40 520 0134, Koli Forum ry, Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 21 B, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland

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