Helsinki Forest Talks inspire scientists and diplomats

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The first Helsinki Forest Talk took place on 23 May, organised together with the German and French embassies in Helsinki. 

The Helsinki Forest Talks is a new series bringing together diplomats and scientists to focus on crucial issues related to forests. The first event enabled 35 participants from different embassies to explore the issue of combatting climate change through emission reductions, looking at both natural and technical solutions.

Speakers included EFI’s Chief Scientist Hans Verkerk who set the scene with how much forests can contribute to fight climate change. He was joined by Helga Pülzl, EFI Assistant Director for Policy Support and Raisa Mäkipää, Research Professor on sustainable management of natural resources at the National Resources Institute Finland to explore technical solutions like carbon capture and storage. 

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EFI’s Director Robert Mavsar said: “It was truly an inspiring event. The aim is to foster a collaborative and informed approach to addressing challenges and opportunities in forest management and conservation. With the Helsinki Forest Talks we aim to enhance interactions between scientists and diplomats, and also create a network within the diplomatic community for those working on forest-related topics.”

The next event will take place in September, organised together with the Greek embassy in Helsinki. 

Image by German Embassy Helsinki| Baumgartner