A team of experts from LUT University and the Kollin Foundation selected the nominees.
“In the highly polarised forest debate, it is good to remember that forests provide tools to mitigate climate change. Sustainably managed forests are also a carbon sink for emissions from other burden-sharing sectors. In addition, wood construction stores carbon throughout its life cycle and new wood-based innovations are replacing fossil products,” says Esko Kolli from the Kolli Foundation in the Metsä360 competition press release.
The Metsä360 winner will be selected in November by Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Nina Kopola, Director General of Business Finland, and journalist Henry Tikkanen, whose Tiedetrippi podcast was awarded this year’s Science Communication Prize by the Association of Science Journalists. The prize, funded by the Kolli Foundation, is worth € 30,000.
Marjatta and Eino Kollin Foundation and LUT University awarded the Forest360 Prize for the first time in 2020. The prize honours the legacy and life’s work on forests of the visionary industrial councillor Eino Kolli (1925-2016). The award is part of the extensive collaboration between LUT University and the Kollin Foundation to increase the added value of Finnish forests and support the growth of a responsible bioeconomy.