University of Eastern Finland welcomed Indonesian experts to study visit programme on peatland restoration in October, 2019. The School of forest Sciences contributed to one week programme with field visits to Finnish peatlands and different types of forests and conservation areas.
Finland University and Peatland Restoration Agency have been cooperating since 2015, and signed and MoU in October 2017, when Mr. Nazir Foead, Head of Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency visited Finland. Since 2017 three training programme is organised yearly. Thematically it focuses on technical officials in Indonesia to manage and monitor the peatland reservations in districts and provinces with huge peatlands.
The Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency was established by President Joko Widodo, in response to the devastating fires that ravaged Indonesian forests and peatlands in 2015. The agency is responsible for accelerating the recovery and restoration of the peatlands.
Finland is a country with similar land cover as Indonesia. More than 60 percent of it area is forests (21 mill ha). One-half of forest area is peatlands (10 mill ha). Half of the peatlands (5 mill ha) have been drained. One hundred and fifty years ago the Finnish rurality has been a dead alley dominated by forest and peatland fires. Due to the nation’s commitment to democracy and equality and to the enforcement of the new legislation related to landless people, the change towards sustainable, rural livelihoods took place in a couple of decades. The rural population of Finland have met similar processes of creative destruction after the World War II and during last 15 years due to the dramatic changes of forest-based industries.
“The fires do not know any borders. There is a need to solve this problem and the government is fully engaged to do this“, notes Mr. Foead. “We were very impressed by Finnish government programme.“
The visitors were demonstrated societal, industrial and economic changes in living laboratory of creative destruction and Quadruple Helix applications.
“Our fruitful cooperation with Peatland Restoration Agency continues and hopefully enlarges as well”, comments CEO Niina Uusimäki.
Recently the Eastern Finland region has been nominated as the specialization area of the national bio-economy development.
Additional information on the programme:
Riikka Kuusisto-Kajander, Key Account Manager, Finland University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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