Koli Forum 2021 - Forests for future generations

13-14 October 2021, Koli National Park, Finland

Koli Forum 2021, 13-14 October 2021

Koli Forum has established itself as the high level discussion platform for global leaders on sustainable use of natural resources bringing together business leaders, investors, policy makers, academia and civil society. The participants in this event will create a common understanding of the steps needed for the forest-based sector to become a true forerunner in sustainability.

In 2021, the Koli Forum seminar will focus on the role of forests in climate change mitigation and in rebuilding our society after the COVID-19 crisis. Moreover, the engagement and role of the next generation in future bioeconomy will be emphasized. On-site participants of the event will jointly draft and adopt the so-called Koli Theses.


13 October 2021
12.30  Coffee/tea
13.00-14.50 Opening session
Sixten Sunabacka, Chairman of the Board of Koli Forum Association: Welcome
Jari Leppä, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland
Karl-Henrik Sundström, Climate Leadership Coalition, Chairman, Former CEO, Stora Enso: Potential impacts for the forest industry due to climate change and green investments (presentation)
Salla Ahonen, Neste: Sustainability as a driver for strategy
Alina Lehikoinen, International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA): Intergenerational inclusion for building better future forests
14.50-15.30  Session 1: Forests, climate and the future
Joss Blériot, Executive Lead Institutions, Governments & Cities, Ellen MacArthur Foundation: The Nature Imperative – How the circular economy tackles biodiversity loss
Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Professor European forest resources, Wageningen University and Research: Climate Smart Forestry in Europe under increasing pressures from climate change (presentation)
15.30-16.30 Walk to the top of the Koli hill / coffee/tea
16.30-17.15 Session 2: Sustainable finance & nature-based solutions
Liisa Rohweder, Secretary General, WWF Finland: Sustainable Finance and Nature Based Solutions (presentation)
Karoliina Lindroos, Ilmarinen: Investor Perspective on Sustainable Finance (presentation)
17.15-18.30  Session 3: Digitalization and forest information
Josh Roberts, Forestry and Land Scotland: Active, disruptive innovation to create Forests for the Future
Anthony Randall-Clausen, MW Group
Sverker Danielsson, Mistra Digital Forest (presentation)
Tuomo Kauranne, President, CEO of Arbonaut Oy Ltd: Digital ecosystems and ecological risks
19.30 — Dinner – dinner speech by Markus Hirvonen, the Region Mayor of North Karelia

14 October 2021

9.00-10.20  Session 4: New products and technologies
Fred Stolle, Global Forest Watch: Changing lands. The rapid change of our land and forest cover (presentation)
Antti Tahvanainen, Metsäteollisuus ry: An Innovation-Driven Catalyst of the Green Transition (presentation)
Janne Poranen, Spinnova
Oğuz Buruk, Tampere University: Gameful interactions with forests (presentation)
10.20-10.50 Panel discussion: Forests for future generations
10.50 Coffee/tea
11.00-12.00  Group discussions on the 2021 Koli Theses
12.00-12.15 Concluding words
12.15 Lunch
12:45-14:45 Digital excursion, moderated by Camilla Widmark, Associate professor, Head of Department of forest economics, Coordinator Forest Bioeconomy Network.
Digitalization and forest research
Who is SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences?
Who is the Forest Bioeconomy Network – an EFI affiliated research network?
Session 1: Remote sensing and forest data
Session 2: Digitalization and forest operations
Session 3: Young people and forests
Concluding panel discussionDuring the on-line digital excursion, we will interact with selection of SLU-activities, connected to digitalization research and forest data. We will see short snapshots of SLU activities and have a discussion with representatives from SLU-based projects. Participants will be given opportunity to ask questions in the chat during the excursion.

13.30 Our live field trip is organized by the Finnish Forest Centre, MW Forest Sense and Arbonaut Ltd. You will hear more about modern forest monitoring solutions, such as UAVs, and see them in action!

15.30 Bus transportation from Koli to Joensuu

Venue and practicalities

Our main venue is the auditorium located in the Ukko Heritage Centre a few meters away from the Break Sokos Hotel Koli.

Travel to and from Koli

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements. We will arrange a shuttle bus to and from Koli as described below.

There are direct flights from Helsinki to Joensuu, but they operate on a limited schedule. We recommend the following connections:

Helsinki-Joensuu Oct 12, 17:00-18:05 pm or 23:40 pm-00:45 am.
For more details on flights to and from Joensuu, please see https://www.amapola.nu/

Joensuu can be reached by train from Helsinki. Recommended connection: morning train departing from Helsinki at 6:57 am on October 13, arriving in Joensuu at 11:39 am.
Please see the website of the national railway company VR for timetables and ticket reservations: https://www.vr.fi/en

There will be a free shuttle bus organized by Koli Forum from Joensuu railway station to the venue at Koli on October 13 at 12:00 noon.

A free shuttle bus from Koli to Joensuu railway station and Joensuu airport will be organized on the 14th of October after the closing of the event.

Recommended connections to Helsinki: Train to Helsinki departing at 15:13 or 18:15, https://www.vr.fi/en or flight to Helsinki departing at 18:30, https://www.amapola.nu/

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More info about Koli National Park


Koli Forum 2021 is organised with the support of: 

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland

Ministry of the Environment

Regional Council of North Karelia

Finnish Forest Foundation

MW Group, Forest Sense

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