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An effective, evidence based policy on forests is a prerequisite for developing biomaterials and for increasing employment and competitiveness of the bioeconomy.

Forests have a key role as a global enabler of the transition towards a non-fossil fuel-based economy. They have an important role in carbon sequestration, but it would be a too narrow perspective to design a forest strategy primarily with this in mind. Climate change has already an unprecedented impact on forests, while deforestation is often a result of poverty and/or of collateral effects of certain policies. All this requires a comprehensive approach.

This HLG is chaired by Esko Aho, former Prime Minister of Finland.

Biodiversity and bioeconomy can be mutually reinforcing if policies and regulations are well designed. A circular economy with a key role for science and technology (green tech, biomaterial research & innovation) can address the climate challenges. However it needs also to provide incentives to invest and to enable quality living in rural areas. The whole complex value chain from wood to biomaterials thus needs to be taken into account.

The following people, from the European and national public sector, from corporations and from academia, gave their time and expertise to the work on forestry & biomaterials:

Download: HLG Forestry & Biomaterials Members List

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