Promoting sustainable forestry in a growing bioeconomy for Europe (PROFOR)
Coordinators: Mika Mustonen, email@example.com and Matleena Kniivilä, firstname.lastname@example.org
Financing: 197 980 SEK
Forests are central in the transition towards a circular bio-economy, reducing dependency on fossil fuels and fossil-based materials while maintaining ecosystem services and promoting economic development. Forest and forestry constitute an important part of the economy in most of the Baltic-Nordic countries, not least in rural, usually forested areas were forestry constitutes a cornerstone for the present bio-based industry and therefore also in the envisaged bio-based economy.
The similarities concerning forest production in Baltic-Nordic countries justify the forming a network to emphasise the importance of forestry in the region and address issues that are needed regarding research and innovation in an EU context. Speaking with “one voice”, i.e., sending the same message from different countries and stakeholders is important to make a larger impact on, policy development as well as funding possibilities in the European context.
Overall long-term goal of the network:
• To promote knowledge-based Nordic-Baltic methods of sustainable forest management in Europe, including enhancement of forest resilience and practical implementation of climate-smart forestry, and use of forest resources in a growing bio-economy.
• To increase the interaction between science and policy, and bring together research, industry, politics and stakeholders from the participating countries.
• To increase European funding for research and innovation in the area of sustainable forestry and to increase participation from network partners in European projects.
Goals for 2020:
• To consolidate the work of the established Nordic-Baltic network for cooperation to influence European forest research policies and funding, and to build up connections with existing interest representation channels, such as Forest Technology Platform.
• To raise awareness of Nordic-Baltic forestry in the EU.
• To increase Nordic-Baltic synergies to have an influence on European strategies and research programmes by developing common visions, positions and objectives for advocacy work.
• To increase Nordic-Baltic involvement in relevant European networks, platforms and thematic groups.
• To disseminate the research results and achievements from the traditional forest science cooperation of Baltic-Nordic region.
In 2020 we will organise two workshops. The aim of WSs is to elaborate on ‘the Story of Forestry in the North’. The meeting to be held in early March and May.
In the second half of 2020, we will organise a final seminar in Brussels where we present the outcome from the workshops, the ‘story-map’, to stakeholders. The overarching theme of the seminar will be ‘Climate change – risks for the Forest sector’. Target group of this seminar will be EU institutions, Permanent Representations, European regional offices and forest sector stakeholders.