FTP launches Vision 2040 to discuss the future of the sector
The Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) launched its Vision 2040, a document in which research and innovation priorities of the forest-based sector are discussed, at a conference organized together with Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, on 20 November 2018, in Vienna. EUSTAFOR’s Executive Director spoke in the panel discussion of this conference along with other FTP stakeholders. The recently released Vision 2040 sets out 10 targets, of which three deal directly with forests and their sustainable management.
FTP’s Vision 2040 aims to make the forest-based sector even more dynamic and innovative in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for renewable raw materials while at the same time addressing the objectives of the global Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as those of the 2015 Paris Agreement and the overall Climate and Energy Policy objectives of the European Union.
Since its first Vision was published in 2005, the FTP has played a significant role in creating knowledge, technologies and innovations in the forest-based sector, through Europe-wide collaborations.
FTP serves as a platform to bring together stakeholders and policy and decision makers. National Support Groups (NSGs) serve to secure regional support for the platform by coordinating national business, research bodies, authorities and funding agencies. The NSGs participate in the FTP Advisory Committee. The FTP board is comprised of representatives of the industry, the chair of the Advisory Committee, and at least one of FTP’s four shareholders: EUSTAFOR, CEPI, CEPF, CEI-Bois.