Europe has to accelerate the shift towards a more diversified use of domestic bio-based natural resources without at the same time increasing the environmental burden elsewhere, concluded a top-level forum.
Europe must accelerate the shift towards bio-
Europe has to accelerate the shift towards a more diversified use of domestic bio-based natural resources without at the same time increasing the environmental
burden elsewhere, concluded the Koli Forum - a new top-level initiative to establish a discussion forum on natural resources.
The competitiveness of Europe can only be secured by reducing our dependence on imported raw
materials and imported energy. At the same time immediate measures are required to mitigate
climate change, adressess the Koli Forum to European decision-makers.
Forests offer key potential in meeting the needs of
society whilst fighting climate change. Green
growth, however, is hindered by a lack of capital and
political will and consequent political and economic
risks. It requires widespread international
The first Koli Forum on 22?24 October 2009
gathered together 70 European opinion-leaders to
search out the best solutions for a future that
considers natural resources. The Koli Forum was hosted by the former
President of Finland and Nobel Peace
Topics of the Forum are related to natural resources Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari (r.)
and range from the availability of raw materials and and the President of the Supreme
their economic use, to environmental aspects and Administrative Court of Finland Pekka
competitiveness of Europe. Hallberg.
The Koli Forum calls, for instance, for new economic measurement tools, which fully consider
future generations, a more efficient use of energy and raw materials, and the utilization of new
A wider knowledge base and comparative statistical data are required as a foundation for the action
that must be taken.
Theses of Koli
The conclusions of the Koli Forum are summarized in practical courses of
action, the Theses of Koli.
1. The challenge facing the Earth is that of the use of declining natural
resources, while population and consumption are simultaneously increasing.
Europe has a shortage of non-renewable resources but there is high potential
from renewable ones. Among these, forests offer key potential in meeting the
needs of society sustainably whilst fighting climate change.
2. Europe has the right mind-set and is ethically well placed to offer leadership
in global discussion and technological innovation and development. However,
investment is lacking and and there are political and economic risks in
implementing ?green growth.?
3. To turn good intentions into operational reality in concert with international
partners, co-ordinated and coherent policies and actions are necessary.
Cooperation should be based on partnerships between diverse stakeholders and
other actors in order to bring about the following actions.
1. Stimulate the sustainable production and use of domestic bio-based
resources whilst minimizing negative impacts in other countries
2. Develop new tools for economic analysis, planning and fiscal measures,
taking fully into account future generations e.g. place a global and realistic
value on carbon
3. Make efficient use of land, energy and materials e.g. support
4. Optimize the streams of materials equitably over their whole life cycle
5. Mobilize existing renewable natural resources more completely and
6. Use finite natural resources efficiently
7. Tailor implementation to local conditions
8. Speed up actions while ensuring sustainability
9. Improve data availability and quality, and information to support actions
concerning natural resources
10. Strengthen high-quality science and education to support the development
and application of technology and innovations
Second Forum in 2011
The venue of the Koli Forum is the Koli National Park in Eastern Finland.
In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of
Finland Martti Ahtisaari, the keynote speakers of the first Forum included
the member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Professor Karl-
Göran Mäler, the Director for Rural Development Programmes II of the
European Commission DG Agriculture and Rural Development Antonis
Constantinou; the Chairman of the Board of both Royal Dutch Shell and
Nokia Jorma Ollila, and the Director of Material Flows and Resources
Management of the Wuppertal Institute Stefan Bringezu, and former
Prime Minister of Sweden Göran Persson.
The second Forum will be organized in 2011.
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