Liisa Pietola is currently Head of Environmental Affairs at the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK), and chair of the Working Party on the Environment at Copa-Cogeca, and member of the European Commission multi-stakeholder platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU.
Her responsibility is to focus on environmental externalities and impacts related to agriculture and forestry, such as recycling of nutrients, water quality protection, climate change mitigation, air quality and biodiversity of agro-forestry ecosystems, including landowner’s property rights and legislation proposals both in Finland and EU level.
She received her Ph.D in soil and crop sciences in 1995 and serves also as an adjunct professor (docent) at the University of Helsinki in Agricultural Chemistry and Physics (1998- ). She has published close to 100 scientific papers and led courses on soil structure, hydrology and plant nutrition over 20 years. She worked 5 years for international fertilizer industry on research and development (2006-2011).
She is also an active farmer and round wood producer. Her family grows barley and wheat and has pastures and grasses on the family farm in South-Western Finland. Forests include both conservation areas and wood production areas.