Building the bioeconomy: insights from European strategies

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7 June 2016, Helsinki, Finland


Keynote speaker: Olli Rehn, Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland
Chaired by Göran Persson, ThinkForest President and Esko Aho, EFI Strategic Adviser


News release: ‘Don’t just make plans – open opportunities’
Read the statement from Esko Aho and Göran Persson: Bioeconomy can tackle society’s grand challenges


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The ThinkForest event ‘Building the bioeconomy: Insights from European strategies’ was held at the Marina Congress Center, Helsinki on 7 June 2016.

Olli Rehn


Esko Aho, Christine Lang, Göran Persson

Challenges for bioeconomy development, and for forests, were the subject of discussion among speakers, panellists and the audience. Discussions focused on:

  • The lack of a narrative about the potential and use of forests, which hampers engagement with society
  • The need to raise awareness of the bioeconomy
  • The need to take risks with innovation, and widen bioeconomy investments
  • The encouragement of policy coherence, using existing policy and legislative instruments

Audience members



Our speakers included:

Thomas Arnold, Adviser ‘Sustainable Bioeconomy’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
Therese Knapp
, speaking on behalf of Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy, Sweden
Christine Lang
, Chair of the German Bioeconomy Council
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP, European Parliament
Markku Ollikainen, Professor University of Helsinki & Chair, Finnish Climate Change Panel
Olli Rehn, Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland
Sofia Santos, Secretary General, BCSD Portugal

Find out more about the background to the event.

Photos: Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva

More information

If you have any questions about events, please contact Ulla Vänttinen, European Forest Institute (ulla.vanttinen @

Further information is also available from Prof. Lauri Hetemäki, Assistant Director, European Forest Institute (lauri.hetemaki @