The European Forest-based Sector Research Forum in Stockholm
On 9-10 November 2005 the European Forest-based Sector Research Forum entitled „Innovative and sustainable use of forest resources" took place in Stockholm (Sweden).
The aim of this two-day Forum was to familiarize a broad assembly of wood-based sector representatives (358 delegates from 27 countries) with actions which are being taken up so as to exploit the opportunity which has been placed before the wood-based sector and is connected with increasing the use of renewable resources and promoting the sustainable development policy based on environmental friendliness and made accordingly to customers' needs.
Seven representatives of Poland, including four employees of the Wood Technology Institute (Asst. Prof. Wladyslaw Strykowski, PhD, Ewa Cieslinska, MSc(Eng), Anna Wos, MSc, Przemyslaw Gaca, MSc), participated in the meeting. Three out of four WTI employees took part in the Forum thanks to fellowships granted by the IKEA company
It is important that first joint actions of this sector were undertaken within the framework of the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP), which was described as "one of the most advanced" by the EU Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potocnik. The Commissioner expressed a belief that „forestry related research can contribute to" providing answers challenges that the EU is faced with in today's world, i.e. among other things enhancing European competitiveness and preserving and improving the quality of life of all citizens of Europe.
The first day of the Forum was devoted above all to presentation of projects connected with the forest-wood sector and financed by the EU. During the second day of the Forum the latest ideas in the field of forestry, paper making and wood industry were presented. Additionally, research in the forest-wood sector in regard to the EU's sustainable development strategy was discussed (including energy generation from biomass). The debate also touched upon the issue of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) which was prepared within the scope of activities of the FTP - on presentation of the current state of works the Forum participants had the opportunity to take part in five thematic workshops:
- pulp and paper products,
- wood products,
- specialties/new businesses.
Photo: Przemysław Gaca
During the Forum further action plan of the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) was presented. In the agenda it is envisaged that, among other things, the final version of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) will have been ready by the end of 2005 and on 2-3 May 2006 a meeting (conference) will trigger off the implementation process of the SRA.