Koli Forum seeks new methods in crisis management

Can the efficient use of natural resources also prevent conflicts, instead of causing them? The Koli Forum aims to look for ways in which conflicts caused by scarce natural resources could, in the best of cases, be resolved already before they emerge. Crisis management through the increase of the efficient use of natural resources is one of the key topics of discussion at the Koli Forum when this forum of top decision-makers gathers for a third time at Koli in late September. The theme of this year's Koli Forum is “Forest and Water - The Key Resources for Sustainable and Competitive Bioeconomy".

The Koli Forum will meet on 17-19 September at the Koli National Park in the Eastern Finland. The Secretary-General of the Koli Forum, Adj. Professor, Dr. Liisa Tahvanainen of the University of Eastern Finland, and Project Manager Dr. Pauliina Korhonen are pleased with the progress made on the theses produced by the previous Forum. They have contributed to influencing public opinion in Europe, as well as China, India, South Africa, and South America. Cooperation between the Koli Forum and the Swiss World Resources Forum has also increased.

There will be various events as well as high-level meetings in connection with this year's Koli Forum. India is central to world economic growth and this year its input will be stronger than before. In addition to Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Director-General of the Indian-based Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), which supplies research information to IPCC, and the key figure in the TERI Nordic Office and the TERI University, the forum will also be attended by India's Minister of Environment and Forests.

About 100 influential international figures are expected to attend this forum of top decision-makers. Discussions at this invitation-only event will be confidential, and for this reason only part of the forum will be open to the media. The new Koli Theses will be made public on September 19.

How does Koli Forum differ from other fora examining the future?

The chairman of the Koli Forum Advisory Board, president Pekka Hallberg notes that no group this heterogeneous is meeting anywhere else. Discussions at Koli will be held among representatives of economics, politics, science, and culture. The aim is to draw up the Koli Theses and concrete proposals for managing the scarcity of natural resources and the inevitable change.

The Koli Forum in a nutshell:

The Koli Forum searches out new information and long-term policies to support a future that takes into consideration both the potential and the limitations of natural resources. The Koli Theses are defined by European opinion-leaders from the spheres of business, politics, science and culture. They serve to steer discussion and to influence those who shape our common future.The Koli Forum convenes biennially and it concentrates primarily on forests and the bioeconomy.

Partners and supportersof the Koli Forum 2013:

University of Eastern Finland (UEF), The Finnish Innovation Fund (SITRA), Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Regional Council of North Karelia, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, TERI, Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA), European Forest Institute (EFI), Tapio, Metsä Group, UPM, WRF, Catalonian Ministry of Forestry, Finnish Meteorological Institute and the Project of Nature-based Tourism Development at Koli -project, which is funded by Pikes, Regional Council of North Karelia and European Regional Development .

More information is available on the Koli Forum website: www.koliforum.fi

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