21 Mar 2017 at 15:00 Residence Palace Rue de la Loi 155
21 Mar. 17

The Value of Wood Forum

March 21 is the International Day of Forests and the day of the Value of Wood Forum kicked off with the ForestCityProject 2017, a public information campaign to encourage citizens to reconnect with nature.

Two panel discussions and keynote speeches will take plce on the topic of wood and its importance for the bio-economy and a more sustainable future. The event will be followed by a cocktail.

The event will take place from 15:00 to 19:00 on Tuesday 21 March at The Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, 1048 Bruxelles, Belgium.


15:00 Opening speeches: Mr. Simon Kay, Senior Expert, Land Use and Finance for innovation, DG CLIMA, contextualizing LULUCF legislation within forest-based solutions for the bio-economy and jobs.

15:30 Panel 1: Towards Sustainable Architecture & Construction
How can timber, wood-based products and other bio-based materials add value to the durability of buildings and the resilience of cities while bringing down CO2 emissions? How to make our urban fabric more sustainable?
Presented and moderated by S&D MEP Paul Brannen.


  • Michael Pawlyn, “Biomimicry in Architecture” + new book presentation
  • Andrew Waugh, co-founder of WaughThistleton Architects firm: timber in architecture 
  • Sampsa Auvinen, EOS President and CEO of Norvik Timber Industries: on building with wood
  • Gerard Deroubaix, Director of the Environment department in the French research centre FCBA: Reducing CO2 in building using wood products
  • Justin Daerden, President of the EFBWW Standing Committee Wood/Furniture/Forestry 

16:30 Keynote speech by Per-Olof Wedin, President of EUSTAFOR, on how forests are boosting the bioeconomy

16:45 Panel 2: Forests boost Innovation and the Bio-economy

The bio-economy is central to combating climate change and safeguarding ecosystems. What services, technologies and industries in the forest-based sector are boosting the bio-economy? How is the bio-economy advancing the triple bottom-line of sustainability for society, environment, business?

Presented and moderated by EPP MEP Henna Virkunnen.


  • Thorsten Arndt, Head of Communications, PEFC International
  • Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre
  • Johan Elvnert, Managing Director, Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP)
  • Fanny-Pomme Langue, Public Affairs Director, European Biomass Association (AEBIOM)
  • Luc Bas, Director, European Affairs Office, IUCN 

17:45 Closing remarks by Mr. Jeremy Wall, Principal Administrator, Forest-based & Related Industries, DG GROW, on the forest-based bioeconomy and EU sustainable growth

18:00 Cocktail Reception

Free registration