High-level support for more wood in the built environment to tackle climate change

The significant role for sustainable wood as a strategy to tackle climate change was discussed at he conference “Reconstructing the future for people and planet” on 9-10 June at the Vatican City. Here, EFI’s Director Marc Palahí met the President of the European Commission, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen.

The conference was attended by a selected group of scientists, architects, policy makers and NGO representatives, and discussed the need for a radical transformation in the ways we organize, construct, and inhabit our buildings and cities. President von der Leyen, in her speech, reflected on the role of the New European Bauhaus “not just in finding inspiring solutions to climate change, but also in helping to improve people’s lives in the way we design and build our homes and cities”. She also remarked on the importance of bringing back nature to cities as well as on the benefits of using wood in building construction.

EFI Director Marc Palahí reflected during his conference speech on the transformative potential of forests, forest management and forest-based solutions as basis for reimagining our cities and our economic model.

More info – European Forest Institute

More info – CEI-Bois

Photo: Gabriella Clare Marino/PAS