DIABOLO Policy Event, Brussels

21 February 2019, Brussels. The Helsinki EU Office kindly hosted the Horizon 2020 DIABOLO Project Policy Workshop. Up to 30 decision makers from European organisations including the Commission DGs related to forestry and the environment met to discuss “Experiences and ideas from the Horizon 2020 project DIABOLO – How to utilise novel forest information and scenarios in EU Policy Making?” This Science to Policy Event was hosted by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).


Experiences and ideas from the Horizon 2020 project DIABOLO.
How to utilise novel forest information and scenarios in EU Policy Making?
08:30Coffee and Registration
09:00Welcoming words on the theme Forest Information in the context of EU Bioeconomy and Forest Strategies. Peter Wehrheim, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Phil Hogan, Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission
09:20Distributed, Integrated and Harmonised Forest Information for Bioeconomy Outlooks: innovations and solutions. Prof. Dr Tuula Packalen, Scientific Coordinator of DIABOLO project, LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland. Download pdf of presentation here, 6mb.
09:50Taking DIABOLO further: towards an EU forest information system. Dr Peter Löffler, Team Leader – Forest Protection, Land Use and Management Unit, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission. Download a pdf of presentation here, 923kb
10:10Coffee break
10:30Forest Information for Bioeconomy Outlooks – towards transparent science-policy-practice interface. Chair:  Prof. Dr Antti Asikainen, Executive Vice President for Research, LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland. Brief introduction of DIABOLO Work Packages in the context of the DIABOLO Policy Brief  and links to other EU projects related to bioeconomy. A facilitated discussion on the opportunities that distributed, integrated and harmonized forest information provides for a wide range of policy processes in Europe. Specifically:

  • In the context of climate change and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • In the context of biodiversity and environment
  • For sustainable bioeconomy investments
  • For climate-smart forestry
  • For smart and resilient regions

Wrap-up of the discussion The way forward and closing remarks

12:00Buffet lunch