Koli Forum 2019 – Wealth, health and wellbeing from Nordic forests

The goal of the 10th anniversary Koli Forum event was to view forestry and forest-based bioeconomy from a wider perspective where economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects are considered in a holistic way. The event was held in Koli National Park, Finland, on 9 -10 October 2019.

Thank you to all participants!

More pictures from the event are available here.

Programme and presentations

The programme 9 – 10 October 2019

Pentti Hyttinen, Chairman of the Koli Forum Association: Welcome to Koli Forum

Jari Leppä, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland: Wealth, health and wellbeing from Nordic forests

Liisa Saarenmaa, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland: Nordic Forest Reseach SNS

Aila Aho, Executive Advisor, Sustainability, Nordea: Sustainable finance and the forest sector – importance of the EU taxonomy for future investments

Henrik Nieminen, CEO, Tornator Oyj: Sustainable finance strategies and forestry – case Tornator

Niklas von Weymarn, CEO, Metsä Spring Oy: Wood to clothes and other textiles

Susanne Rudenstam, Director Construction, Sveriges träbyggnadskansli: Wood in modern building construction

Liisa Tyrväinen, Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke): Enjoy the Forest!

Catharine Ward-Thompson, Professor, University of Edinburgh: Health benefits offered by forests  

Mats Lindfors, CEO, Ruka-Kuusamo Tourist Association: Tourism and forestry: competitors or collaborators?

Tomas Lundmark, Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: The role of forests as sinks and carbon storage

Pekka Leskinen, Professor, European Forest Institute: The role of wood-based products in climate change mitigation

Rannveig Ólafsdótter, Professor, University of Iceland: Nordic solutions – how to find a balance between tourism vs. climate and biodiversity impacts

Petri Peltonen, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland: What are the impacts of different forest uses on employment and the regional economies?

Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO, Metsä Group and Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Forest Industries Association: Sustainable development goals and the forest industry

Mikael Höysti, Head of department, Nordic Council of Ministers: Why Nordic cooperation matters

Åsa Bihl and Cecilia Boman, Communication consultants, Swedish Forest -campaign: Successful communication through joint efforts – case Swedish Forest -campaign

Evelyn Mora, Consultant, Nordic Fashion Week: Nordic fashion is more than you think

Janna Puumalainen, Director of Strategy, City of Joensuu: Nordic Biocities supporting sustainable lifestyle

Tuomo Kauranne, CEO, Arbonaut Ltd: Forest fires call for collaboration