Arkansas, “The Natural State,” is a state of 3.3 million people, 57% covered in forests and timberlands. The state is highly reliant on its forest resources and forest industries – more so than any other state in the US – and is in fact, increasing its surplus timber stock annually, with consequent environmental issues.
The state is well positioned to take advantage of opportunities to manage its forests more productively, to expand forest-based industries, to build a stronger forest-based economy and to stimulate a stronger, more resilient state overall. To do so, the state’s stakeholders in timber and wood would benefit greatly from more education, more exposure to best practices, and more comprehension of the diversity of timber and wood product opportunities.
Arkansas is interested in to learn more about how Finland – a nation highly reliant on its forest resources and forest-based industries – has become a model for sustainable forest management practices, for research and development of innovative timber and wood products, and for developing a national plan for a sustainable, resilient bioeconomy.
An Arkansas delegation of forests, timber and wood stakeholders is planning to visit Finland in the end of 2021/beginning of 2022. In advance of that visit, Team Finland, together with World Trade Center Arkansas, is organizing an introductory roundtable discussion in which governmental officers and industry experts from Arkansas and Finland are sharing their views on the forest bioeconomy.
The roundtable online event focuses on following topics:
We welcome stakeholders and company representatives that are interested in building the knowledge and the relationships between the State of Arkansas and Finland on forest economy business opportunities to join the event.