On 1st December 2022, around 60 high-ranking experts from 15 European countries and 16 wood-relevant national and European stakeholder organisations met in Innsbruck, Austria. On invitation of Austrian Federal Minister Norbert Totschnig, the starting signal was given for the establishment of the European Wood Policy Platform called "woodPoP" (European Wood Policy Platform) co-chaired by the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management from Austria and by the Ministry of the Environment from Finland.
This platform serves to promote wood-based policy dialogue. High-ranking experts from politics, administration, business and research discussed current and future challenges of the material and energetic use of wood and set impulses for innovative cross-sectoral developments in the sense of the bioeconomy and the circular economy.
facilitate the policy dialogue on sustainable production and consumption of wood,
promote the added value of wood, especially long-lived wood products from sustainable forest management,
support the harmonization of regulations and standardization of wood products,
position the wood building sector as a key driver for inclusive green growth,
stimulate innovation by bringing together policy, science and practice,
emphasize the benefits of multifunctional forests contributing to climate protection and mitigation through reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The renewable resource wood and other wood-based materials play a vital role and can become a key enabler for the transformation towards a carbon neutral industry and climate positive society. In the context of combating climate change, a growing number of countries, regions, cities and communities in Europe, as well as in other parts of the world, aim to enhance the sustainable use of wood and other renewable materials by fostering a forest-based bioeconomy.
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