Koli Forum & World Circular Economy Forum on 5-6 June, 2017, Helsinki


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 1,500 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 keynote address by Kimmo Tiilikainen, the Finnish Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment. Other speakers include Ma Rong, Deputy Director of National Development and Reform Commission of People’s Republic of ChinaMarc Palahí, Director General of European Forest Institute and Kati ter Horst, Executive Vice President 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 AssociationErika Mink, Vice President Public Affairs of Tetra Pak and Henrik Ehrnrooth, Chairman of the Board at Pöyry and Otava Group.

Participation is by invitation only. If you are interested in joining, please contact wcef2017(at)sitra.fi. More information available at www.wcef2017.com.

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), Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 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.