Cornerstones of forest policy presented in the National Forest Programme

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The aim of the programme is to safeguard the operations and income that rely on the forest, the biodiversity and vitality of the forests and the recreational opportunities provided by forests.



The programme has been jointly prepared in a transparent process by interested parties. This cooperation will continue throughout the implementation, monitoring and development of the programme.

One of the targets of the National Forest Programme is to increase the use of Finnish wood substantially

 The key issues of the National Forest Programme from the perspective of the forest industry are the aims that improve competitiveness. The government plays a significant role in the implementation of the programme.

All incentives that promote the sustainable use of forests must be utilized

Funding a sustainable forest industry will support investments in wood production and ensure that future generations are able to use the forests too. Guidance for forest owners must be enhanced in order to increase the volume of wood on the market. The Forest Programme also proposes the use of tax incentives to increase wood production, to explore felling possibilities and to develop the structure of forest ownership.

The revision of the National Forest Programme 2015 was started in autumn 2005. The Finnish Government is intended to adopt the revised programme, the National Forest Programme 2015, in March 2008 together with the continuation of the METSO programme. 

 For more information:

Jouni Väkevä, Senior Advisor, Forestry, tel. + 358 9 132 6620

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