Barents Forest Forum 2019

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The focus of the conference is on the multiple-functions of forests in future bioeconomy (e.g., society’s mitigation and adaptation to climate change, biobased products, and forest-based innovations). Questions on labor supply, equal opportunities, and forest-related education will also be discussed. The first day of the Barents Forest Forum invites participants to a pre-conference workshop focused on labor supply, equal opportunities and education. The second day comprises of high-level practice-oriented presentations and networking. The last day of the event focus on practical demonstrations in forest-related excursions.

The registration is now closed, please contact RegistrationBFF2019@slu.se for any questions regarding your registration, and BFF2019@slu.se for any other inquiries. 

Accomodation at the Barents Forest Forum

Travel grant for young participants*

 * Now closed.

Preliminary Program

Location: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skogsmarksgränd 17.

Language of the conference: English and Russian.

Last day to register: October 7th, 2019

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15 October - Pre-conference activity

Working for a future forest sector 

13.30 – 14.00  Coffee and registration

14.00 – 18.00  Pre-conference workshop (Moderated session)

Facilitated by

Fredrik Johansson, Business Director & Filip Hammarberg, Designer, Daresay, Sweden 

Lina Arnesson Ceder, Project Manager, SLU, Sweden

Introductions by

Herman Sundqvist, Director-General, Swedish Forestry Agency, Sweden

Bjørn Helge Bjørnstad, Project Coordinator, Forestry Extension Institute, Norway

Elin Olofsson, Business Developer, SCA, Sweden

Fredrik Gunnarsson, Head of the Labor Market Commission Unit, Swedish Forestry Agency, Sweden

Ola Carlén, Program Director of studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the future forest sector from a labour perspective, emphasising the perspectives of young people in the region. Topics that will be covered during the workshop are education (focusing on forest-related education), equal opportunities, expectations on employers and on employees, and the challenges of labour supply in the forest sector. 

Participation of young persons with a keen interest in forests, from each country in the Barents region is essential. Therefore, if are you between the ages of 18-30 (approx.), from the region, you can apply for travel grants, email bff2019@slu.se for more information.  

18.00 - 20.00 Open Reception

16 October - Conference 

8.00 – 8.30  Registration

8.30 – 9.00  Welcome session

Moderated by

Staffan Norin, Chief Regional Forester of Region Nord, Swedish Forestry Agency, Sweden and, 

Camilla Widmark, Coordinator ForBioeconomy & Head of Department Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Opening speeches by

Magdalena Andersson, County Governor, County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, 

Herman Sundqvist, Director-General, Swedish Forestry Agency, Sweden and, 

Göran Ståhl, Dean, Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

9.00 – 11.30  Session I: The forest in the bioeconomy – opportunities of a bio-based society

Keynote speech, country specific talks by Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden as well as reflections by a panel of young and speakers of the session.

Moderated by

Malin Winberg, Moderator and Journalist, Sweden 

Keynote

Sverker Danielsson, Program Manager Mistra Digital Forests, Swedish Forest Industries Federation

Country specific talks

Tanja Lepistö, Project Manager, Smart Arctic Forest Network, Finland

Gro Steine, Centre Coordinator, Foods of Norway NMBU, Norway

Herman Sundqvist, Director General, Swedish Forestry Agency, Sweden

Natalia Demidova, Deputy Director, Northern Forestry Research Institute, SevNIILKh, Russia

Panel discussion

11.30 – 13.30  Lunch and "walk-about" (SLU)

Lunch stations and short lunch talks about SLU activities

13.30 – 16.30 Session II: The forest in the bioeconomy – challenges and drivers in the transformation

Keynote speech, country specific talks by Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden as well as a panel consisting of high-level representatives of the forest sector, together with speakers of the session reflect on the discussions of the day. 

Moderated by 

Malin Winberg, Moderator and Journalist, Sweden 

Keynote

Pekka Leskinen, Head of Bioeconomy Programme, European Forest Institute, Finland

Country specific talks 

Hannele Arvonen, President and CEO, Sveaskog, Sweden

Anu Nurkkala, Project Manager, Finnish Forest Centre, Finland 

Maja Toften & Vegard Salte Flatval, Senior Economists, Economics Norway, Norway

Andrei Iugov, Head of sector, All-Russian Research Institute for Silviculture and Mechanization of Forestry, VNIILM, Russia

High-level Panel discussion 

Johanna Buchert, President and CEO, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland

Frode Lyssandræ, Director, Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Norway

Herman Sundqvist, Director-General, Swedish Forestry Agency, Sweden

Vladimir Dmitriev, Head of Department, Science and International Cooperation, Federal Forestry Agency of Russia, Russia

Conclusion and onwards 

Magdalena Andersson, County Governor, County Administrative Board of Västerbotten

Staffan Norin, Chief Regional Forester of Region Nord, Swedish Forestry Agency, Sweden

Frode Lyssandræ, Director, Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Norway

Herman Sundqvist, Director-General, Swedish Forestry Agency, Sweden

16.30 – 18.00  Session III: Workshop on the report: The forest in the emerging bioeconomy in northern Europe

Open workshop for all participants and the purpose is to discuss an outline of a report on forests and bioeconomy to verify content of the report and discuss policy implications. 

Main authors 

Knut Øistad, Head of Research, Division of Forest and Forest Resources, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway

Pekka Leskinen, Head of Bioeconomy Programme, European Forest Institute, Finland

Camilla Widmark, Coordinator ForBioeconomy & Head of Department Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Maria Sokolenko, Deputy Head of Analytical unit, Federal Forestry Agency of Russia, Russia

19.30 -  Conference dinner

17 October - Excursions  

Please observe that the temperature here varies between about +5 and -5. It is likely that you will face rain, sunshine and perhaps even a bit of temporary snow. 

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1. Bioeconomy in the Urban Region

This excursion aims to develop an understanding of how the challenges of the bioeconomy transformation affect the urban area close to Umeå city. We will combine outdoor visits in an urban forest area with indoor discussions on topics like innovation, sustainability, wood building and bioenergy. The excursion starts from downtown and ends at the airport for those leaving Umeå in connection to the excursion. It will be held in English with translation to/from Russian.

Please note that parts of the excursion take place outdoors.

Approx. time schedule: excursion starts at 8.00 and ends by 15.10 at airport (and 15.30 downtown).

2. Bioeconomy in the Region of Västerbotten

The second excursion focuses on the region of Västerbotten. The aim is to discuss how the local societies in connection to the urban area are facing the challenges of bioeconomy transformation. Innovation, sustainability, knowledge exchange, forest ecosystem services and wooden buildings are examples of the topics that will be covered through visits and short talks on the bus. The excursion starts in the city center of Umeå and will take us on a journey through the forest landscape, passing the Vindeln River, going back by the coastal area of Västerbotten (approx. 250 km). The excursion will be held only in English.

Please note that most of the excursion take place outdoors.

Approx. time schedule: starts at 7.45 and ends by 17.45 by the airport (and 18.00 downtown Umeå).

 


Contact

E-mail

bff2019@slu.se

 

Camilla Widmark

Project leader Barents Forest Forum 2019

Researcher, head of office Forest Bioeconomy Network

+46 90 786 85 96, +46 70 29 29 018

Mona Bonta Bergman

Communications officer Forest Bioeconomy Network

+46 730-347 379

Page editor: mona.bonta.bergman@slu.se