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Forum day 4th Oct
Registration, on street level, near main entrance
Morning coffee and fruits available
Opening in Polarium auditorium, ground floor


Opening speech
Sari Essayah, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland (video)


Presentation of the Finnish Barents Euro-Arctic Council presidency activities
Marja Joenusva, Ambassador for Barents and Northern Dimension, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland


Greetings from the Regional Council of Lapland
Paula Qvick, Planning Director, Regional Council of Lapland
Session I - Forests for current and future generations
Northern forestry in the European decision-making
Petri Sarvamaa, Member of the European Parliament (video)
Forest policy in transition to address global agendas and local needs
Camilla Sandström, Professor, Umeå university and Chairholder, UNESCO chair on biosphere reserves as labs for inclusive societal transformation
Integrating different forest uses and reconciling trade-offs in Northern Norway
Monica Grindberg, Forest Director, Norwegian State Forests Statskog
Reconciling different targets for forest use in state forests in Finland
Jussi Kumpula, Managing Director, Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd
Setting the steps for accelerating the green transition in the northern region
Liisa Ansala, President, Lapland Chamber of Commerce
Group 1: Lunch buffet in Arktikum Café
Group 2: Exhibition of the Arktikum Science Centre (gathering outside Polarium auditorium)
Group 2: Lunch buffet in Arktikum Café
Group 1: Exhibition of the Arktikum Science Centre (gathering in front of info/ticket sales in street level)
Session II - Fair use of Lapland´s forests
Scenarios for the future of forest use in Northern Sweden and Northern Finland
Gun Lidestav, Associate Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Seija Tuulentie, Research Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Lapland Forest Jury - Citizens´Jury in fair and climate-smart forest use in Lapland
  • A deliberative mini-public: The process and outcomes of the Forest Jury
    Katariina Kulha, Doctoral Researcher, University of Turku
  • Experience from the Jury member´s viewpoint
    Olli Lehto, Member of the Citizen’ Jury
  • Planned action for the integrating different needs in the Lapland´s forests
    Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Sustainable Development Specialist, Regional Council of Lapland


Wood construction environments as substantial carbon storages
Mika Rytky, CEO, Kontiotuote Oy 
Coffee break


Solutions for the future use of forests by young people from Barents: main findings of the Youth Hackathon, organised before the Barents Forest Forum
Daria Makhotina Gudnason, ACAF project team member
Participants of the Youth Arctic Forest Solutions Hackathon
Panel discussion "Ensuring sustainable forest use for current and future generations"
Dimitris Athanassiadis, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Working Group on Barents Forest Sector
Henna Haapala, Ministry of the Environment of Finland, Co-Chair, Barents Working Group on Environment
Trude Hagen, Forest Officer, County Governor of Troms and Finnmark
Marko Mäki-Hakola, Forest director, Central Union of Agriculture Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)
Martin Gamst Johnsen, Acting Chair, Barents Regional Youth Council
Closing words
Sanna Paanukoski, Chair of Working Group on Barents Forest Sector, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland
Free time


Get Together
Performance by Anna Morottaja, a traditional Inari Sámi musician

Dress code: Business casual
The Forum will be moderated by André Noël Chaker.
Excursion Day 5th Oct
Best practices for integrating various forest uses from economic, social, and ecological viewpoints
Departure from the Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus (Korkalonkatu 29, Rovaniemi)


Multiobjective forest management and challenges in the northern forestry from the viewpoint of private forest owner
Juho Puikko, Executive director, Jointly owned forest "Kemijärven yhteismetsä"
Annakaisa Heikkonen, Field manager, The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)


Forest management in continuous cover and rotation forestry (Hirvas demostartion forest)
Pasi Rautio, Research Professor, Natural Resource Institute Finland
Esa Huhta, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Samuli Myllymäki, Regional Director, Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd


Lunch Hotelli Metsähirvas
Integrating different forest uses in state forests, nature-oriented management of commercial forests
Samuli Myllymäki, Regional Director, Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd
Lauri Karvonen, Planning Manager, Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd
Ossi Pesälä, Regional Manager, Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd
Rovaniemi airport (There is sufficient space for luggage in the bus)
Rovaniemi city center
The programme may be subject to change