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GLASGOW: Rural Policies & Climate Change

02.11.21 | Viðburður
Choosing green nordic perspectives
Campaign photo
Why rural areas are crucial for the green transition?


11:15 - 13:00

SEC Centre, Hall 4
Exhibition Way
G3 8YW


Rural areas are crucial for the green transition. They cover around 80% of OECD countries’ territories and contain natural resources, ecosystem services and people with necessary skills to ensure livelihood. However, climate change makes these areas vulnerable. Join the OECD and Nordregio event to discuss the crucial contribution of rural regions in the transition to net-zero economies.

Master of Ceremony:

  • Michael Funch (Nordic Council of Ministers) 

Welcome remarks:

  • Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (Virtual)
  • Karen Refsgaard, Deputy Director, Nordregio


High-level panel and opening case:

Opening Case

  • Alfons Röblom, Minister of Development, Autonomous Region of Åland, Finland
  • High-level Panel

Moderator: Jose Enrique Garcilazo, Head of Unit, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

  • Tom Vilsack, Secretary, United States Department for Agriculture, USA (Virtual)
  • M. Yoshiki Takeuchi, Deputy Secretary General, OECD (Virtual)
  • Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture, Finland Agriculture and Forestry, Finland (Virtual)
  • Johan Krafft, Director General, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden (Virtual)
  • Màiri McAllan, Minister, Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform, Scotland


Best Practices Unveiling Rural Opportunities

1st session: Rural bio-economy – promoting rural development by harnessing the opportunities created through the transition to a bio-economy

Moderator: Alberto Giacometti, Researcher, Nordregio

  • Kajsa Resare Sahlin, PhD Student, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden (Virtual)
  • Ilaria Re, EU Project Officer, Consorzio Italbiotec, Italy (Virtual)


2nd session: Renewable energy in rural areas – realising the rural competitive advantage in generating renewable energy to power rural development

Moderator: Lisanne Raderschall, Policy Analyst, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

  • Christopher Sorensen, CEO of GreenLab Skive, Denmark
  • Nikolaos Komineas, Mayor of Astypalea, Greece
  • Justin Maxson, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture, USA


Concluding words

  • Dorothée Allain-Dupré, Head of Division, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (Virtual)

Organizer: Nordregio 

co-organizer: OECD


Timezone: GMT

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