While playing a major role in protecting biodiversity and providing various ecosystem services, forest also bring important economic benefits. Forest-based businesses contribute as much as 7% to economic growth. The sector employs over 3.5 million people across the European Union. It is the EU's third largest employer, just after the metal and food industries. In rural areas, in particular, forests are a key resource for improving quality of life and job creation and thereby keeping our rural communities alive and thriving.
Regional cooperation in the EU is essential to facilitate the exchange of skills and bolster competitiveness of our regions.
The first part of the conference will look into challenges and issues linked to Innovation in the forest sector as well as tools available at the EU level, while the second part will focus on showcasing some regional best practice examples.
Here the draft program
The Conference will take place on:
13 November 2019 from 9 to 13 o'clock
in the Committee of the Regions building
(Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 52
Deadline for registration: 22pm 11th of November 2019
Please note that – due to security reasons – only registered persons have access to the Committee's building. You will be requested to show a validid card or passport in order to access the building, or any other valid document which includes a photo.
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