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Juha Hakkarainen Honoured with "2011 Opinion Leader in Forestry" Title

June 9, 2011 - London

Juha Hakkarainen, Director of the Forestry Group of the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, has been honoured with the title of Vuoden 2011 metsävaikuttaja (2011 Opinion Leader in Forestry) by OP-Pohjola Group. The selection criteria used by the jury were as follows:

"Mr Hakkarainen has a forward-looking and holistic approach to Finnish forest-sector issues. His contribution to promoting forestry issues is being appreciated across organisations and perspectives. He has been a member of various task forces and committees on a wide front, in which he has highlighted perspectives of the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners but has also been able to see the interests of the forest sector on an extensive basis."

The jury also placed a high premium on the international scope of Hakkarainen's work now that the EU forestry strategy is being established. Last year, he was elected Chairman of the European Commission's Advisory Group on Forestry and Cork. The jury emphasised that EU decisions would play a growing role for the development of the Finnish forestry sector.

Every year, OP-Pohjola Group rewards a private individual, working group or organisation in recognition of his/its contribution in the forestry sector. The jury comprises Jyrki Kangas, Director General of Metsähallitus; Juha Ojala, Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Mikko Tiirola, Chairman of the Forestry Council; and Panu Kallio, Vice President, and Tapio Tilli, Forest Service Manager, of OP-Pohjola Group .

Past holders of this title include opera singer Jorma Hynninen, film director Markku Pölönen, Permanent Secretary Sirkka Hautojärvi, Secretary of State Raimo Sailas, and forest management associations when they celebrated their 100th anniversary.

For more information, please contact:
Panu Kallio, Vice President, OP-Pohjola, tel. +358 (0)10 252 2742
Tapio Tilli, Forest Service Manager, OP-Pohjola, tel. +358 (0)10 252 8536

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