Forests are utilised diversely in Finland

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Everyman’s rights – the Finnish tradition of public right of access to land – and the broad-based private ownership of forests act as safeguards to the diverse use of forests.

The sustainable and diverse utilisation of forests ensures the availability of renewable timber for the needs of the forest industry and safeguards their recreational use possibilities as well as promotes the vitality of regional economies and the conservation of biodiversity in the forest environment.

Forest resources are increasing in Finland

Finland is the most forested country in Europe; about three quarters of our land area is covered by forest.

The production volumes of the forest industry have increased manifold over the last 50 years, while the wood resources contained by forests have increased by more than a third over the same period. This increased growth is the result of sustainable forestry practices.

More information: Antti Otsamo, Director, Forestry Issues