Biri/Norway, October 24th – October 27th 2016

The 2016 congress is arranged at Honne Hotel and Conference center www.honne.no


Congress

Monday 24th will be arriving day with a welcome dinner
25th and 26th congress days
27th excursion day

Congress information

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Registration opening                                              August 15th

End of registration and payment                            October 17th
 

Introduction to the seminar topic
The focus at this year congress will be how to implement knowledge and relevant activities about bioeconomy into our educational and forestpedagogy - practices to support the development of a more sustainable society based on a balanced use of forests resources. This will be highlighted in keynote speeches, workshops, market of activities and excursions.

Bioeconomy implies a shift from fossil resources to renewable resources. This means that development and production of new products from biomass must happen in a sustainable manner. Biomass can be used for anything ranging from food, medicines, chemicals and all kinds of plastic products to fuel to mention a few. This will provide a wider range of products and create new jobs. Finding new uses for biomass from forests requires a good link between knowledge, research, economic insights, and capability for innovation.

Just as important as finding new uses for biomass, is to ensure that the product stays in the cycle to transform into a new product. Current research is looking at sustainable utilisation of natural resources without wasting resources by exploiting them in the best possible manner. With an increased interest in services and functions of forests, forestpedagogs can lead the dialogue between the different actors, their conflicts and discussions. In this way can Forestpedagogy contribute to Education for Sustainable Development.

One of humankind’s greatest challenges is to ensure sustainable development. Such a complex matter prompts an assessment of the options we are facing as consumers. In order to increase environmental awareness, knowledge is crucial; it involves active learning and critical thinking. However, perhaps more important is the understanding of the role every one of us play.

Although forestpedagogy won´t have solutions for every problem, it offers an arena for coming together to discuss the aspects and to give impulses for the actors to find self-reliant solutions. The 11th European Congress addresses not only the forest and timber sector, but also actors and interest groups from education, environment, biodiversity, the social-cultural-spiritual sector, and others with interests in this field.