Almost 400 European top-level experts and stakeholders from 42 countries were gathered in Helsinki on the 9th July 2019 for the European Bioeconomy Scene 2019. The conference was one of the events organized under Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The aim of the conference was to raise public awareness and promote sustainable bioeconomy.

On the next day, 10th of July 2019, six excursions were organised to showcase Finnish bio-based circular economy in practice. The City of Lahti and Päijät-Häme region had the honour to host one of the visits titled Regional Bioeconomy.

Susanna Vanhamäki introducing BIOREGIO project to the participants. Photo: Katerina Medkova

The group of nearly 40 international experts was welcomed by Saara Vauramo, Environmental Director in Lahti, who presented the environmental achievements and future plans of Lahti. Then, Juha Hertzi, Regional Development Manager in the Päijät-Häme Regional Council, introduced the region’s strategic objectives, priorities and smart specialisation followed by Kati Manskinen, RDI Director in LAMK, who highlighted the Päijät-Häme regional roadmap towards circular economy. The participants had the possibility to learn about regional bio-based circular economy good practices identified in BIOREGIO project, funded by Interreg Europe. And finally, Sanna Kivelä, Site Manager in Viking Malt, presented the unique regional cooperation network of the grain cluster.

Read the whole article originally published in the LAMKgreen blog on 04.09.2019: