The local stakeholders of BIO4ECO Project had the first meeting after the renewal of the group on 24.4.2018 in Joensuu, North Karelia. The group selected Mr. Lauri Sikanen from the Natural Institute of Finland (LUKE) as a chairman and Mrs. Leena Leskinen from the Finnish Forest Centre as a vice chairman. The topics of discussion were e.g. the new Regional strategic programme of North Karelia, working principles and working plan of the group and the actions to improve the forest bioeconomy in the region.