Professors of the Department of Forestry, Science and Timber Design of the University of Thessaly participated in the first online meeting on “Forest cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEEC)” which took place on April 20, 2021 in the framework of the China Cooperation Initiative with 17 Central and Eastern European countries – China-CEEC (17 + 1).
The meeting was co-organized by the Executive Coordinating Body of the 17 + 1 Forestry Cooperation Mechanism of China and the General Directorate of Forests and Forest Environment of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, on “Forest Bioeconomy Development and Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries».
The event was attended by more than 70 participating academics, representatives of ministries and national authorities, researchers and businessmen from 11 Central and Eastern European countries and China. The purpose of the meeting was to present the current situation, technological developments, research and development of innovations, as well as to explore opportunities for business cooperation and development of synergies between the 17 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and China in the field of Forest Economy. This meeting-seminar is the basis for the creation of a dialogue framework at a higher level, by the member countries of the China-CEECs (17 + 1) cooperation initiative, in order to seek the development of joint actions and cooperation between these countries in forest bio-economy issues. In this direction, a world conference will follow in the beginning of June 2021.
The prospects for the development of constructive cooperation on forest bio-economy and wood products between Greece, China and the other 16 European countries are particularly encouraging. The representation of our country in these matters by the scientific staff of the Department of Forestry, Sciences & Timber Design of University of Thessaly, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Forests and Forest Environment of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, will benefit from the most common actions, in terms of research practical support of the sectors related to forest, wood and furniture, extroversion and the promotion of Greece in a leading role at a global scale.