The Forest-based Sector launches its revised Vision for 2030
Over 200 experts, researchers, industry representatives and policy-makers from 25 countries participated in this two-day event, held in Barcelona on 12-13 March. Along with the launch of the new strategic documents, participants discussed the potential contribution of the forest-based sector to the biobased economy, looking at new trends in research and innovation.
The updated Vision 2030 document sets it sights on a changing world with an ever increasing need for sustainable and resource-efficient production of biomass and products. The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020 will map the way to achieving this objective with the forest-based sector strongly positioning itself as a key sector and enabler of the evolving biobased society.
A pre-conference Early-stage Researcher’s Forum, organised jointly by FTP and COST, saw an overwhelming response for participation; an outstanding 180 eligible proposals were received. 20 proposals were selected for oral presentations and 56 proposals were selected for poster presentations. The event gave young researchers a platform to present the results of their research work and the opportunity to network with industry representatives at European level. Jenni Rahikainen of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Gianluca Tondi from Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria, were elected Best COST-FTP YRF Presentation by the Organising Committee and by the audience, presenting their research again at a panel session on 13 March at the FTP main Conference.
A number of high-level speakers offered their comments and reflexions on future prospects for the European forest-based sector, including Göran Persson (President ThinkForest, former Prime Minister of Sweden), Alfonso Beltrán García-Echániz (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness), Josep María Pelegri (Catalan Minister for Agriculture and Forestry), Ignacio de Colmenares (CEO ENCE) and Philipp zu Guttenberg (President German Forest Owners’Association). EFI’s Marc Palahí presented a Focus on Mediterranean forests under Strategic Theme 2, Responsible management of forest resources.
The Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) was set up in 2005 to define a vision for the future of the sector and to identify priority areas for innovation and research. It is one of 36 recognised European Technology Platforms (ETPs), established as industry-led initiatives encouraged by the European Commission to define research objectives and roadmaps for delivering the agreed goals.
More information: Jeanine Ringman-Beck, jrb (at) forestplatform.org
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