EIT Climate-KIC and the future of the forestry sector

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In 2016, EIT Climate-KIC began to explore these questions, and the role that forest management practices could play in enhancing climate innovation. Between July 2016 and March 2017, it organised three stakeholder workshops, in France, Switzerland and Finland, to better understand the current state of the European forestry sector. In November 2016, it launched a call for a series of white papers to increase understanding of the most pressing environmental and economic challenges facing the sector, its partners’ current perspectives on these, and their visions for the future of the sector.

The inputs developed and submitted by these partners together with the work developed by the community in the context of current Climate-KIC innovation projects were used to inform this document. This process also identified some major opportunities for EIT Climate-KIC’s innovation community, and underpins the strategy behind its flagship forestry programme, which will be launched later in 2018.

This document synthesises our sectoral analysis and summarises key visions and challenges identified from our partners’ own white papers and project activities. From a methodological point of view, EIT Climate-KIC wishes to clarify that challenges and case studies related to deforestation in tropical countries have not been included; these themes fall under the remit of a specific sub-group of partners.

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