Thursday 19.11.2009


Koli Forum calls for rapid action to fight climate change

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The Koli Forum on “Natural Resources – Solutions to Questions of Renewable Energy and the Mitigation of Climate Change” took place from 22-24 October 2009. The event was opened by Nobel Peace Prize winner 2008, President Martti Ahtisaari and the participants of the Forum represented a wide range of European leaders from business and development organisations to representatives of administration, politics, research and the media. EFI was represented by Director Risto Päivinen, Assistant Director Gert-Jan Nabuurs and Head of Forest Policy and Governance Programme Ilpo Tikkanen. EFI was also one of the content producers for the event.

Koli Forum 2009 considers the economic impacts of climate change and the prospects for increasing the use of renewable energy, while also keeping in mind the competitiveness of Europe. The forest sector is used as a case example.

The results of the Forum are collected as Koli Theses.


EFI at the Finnish-Russian Forest Summit

Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen of Finland met at the Finnish-Russian Forest Summit in St Petersburg on 25 October. The Prime Ministers discussed effects of the economic and financial crisis, cooperation in the forest sector and environmental issues, including preparations for the Copenhagen Climate Summit. They also discussed trade-economic cooperation between Finland and Russia, customs and border issues and other bilateral issues.EFI was represented at the Summit by Director Risto Päivinen.


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FOPER II – Forest policy and economics project continues

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A Masters Programme on Forest Policy and Economics was established for the Southeast Europe region by the FOPER project during 2005-2009. The future of the MSc Programme is bright as the FOPER II project continues for three more years. On October 29 and 30, 2009, the Deans from the Faculties of Forestry in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Serbia and Directors from the Forest Research Institutes in Albania, Croatia, and Serbia gathered for the 1st Steering Committee meeting of the FOPER II project along with representatives from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and both Ilpo Tikkanen and Risto Päivinen from EFI. The photo features the Deans from the abovementioned faculties, and Coordinator of FOPER II, Prof.Dr. Margaret Shannon.

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Fire Paradox final meeting in February 2010
Fire Paradox will organize an international conference where its results and recommendations will be presented to European and National policy makers and representatives of forest and fire related organizations. The conference will take place on 23-26 February 2010 in Freiburg, Germany. It is jointly organized by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the EFI Regional Office EFICENT.
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