Helsinki (Finland) – 3rd WG meeting (14-15 May 2014)

In Helsinki, the Travellab activities were organised on the 16th May. Organisation of the Travellab followed similar structure as in Solsona. Participants were split in two groups, each visiting one spot and after that rotation, so all participants had the opportunity to meet stakeholders in the field.

One of the spots that was visited was a logging site in Lohja district, which was one of 14 MetsäGroup’s districts in Finland. Spruce was the main tree species. Action participants learned how owners were managing forest, and what the particular issues in this region were and which kind of services they could get from MetsäGroup. Representative of the advisory service said that absentee owners needed more services than villagers. Apart from representatives of MetsäGroup, participants talked to one of the forest owners.

The second part of the day involved a series of meetings with local stakeholders. This included representatives of state and private research and management organisations. Stakeholders gave a short presentation about their work and forestry in Helsinki and this was followed with a session of questions and answers. WGs had opportunity to talk to representatives of the following organisations: Finnish Forestry Centre (state funded body that promotes sustainable forestry in Finland); the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK); Metsäteho Oy (limited company owned by the leading forest industry organisations and companies of Finland and is specialised on research and development (R&D) work and projects); Association of Forest Owners in the Metropolitan Area.