Voluntary measures introduced in biodiversity protection

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The Finnish Forest Industries Federation is in favour of using the voluntary measures developed under the METSO programme for the safeguarding of forest biodiversity. The voluntary measures are ecologically feasible and economically affordable.

The Forest Biodiversity Programme METSO was started in 2008. The programme aims at halting the decline of forest habitats and species as well as establishing favourable trends in the forest ecosystems of southern Finland by the year 2025.

The programme enlarges Finland´s network of protected areas, increases the connectivity of protected forests and develops nature management methods used in commercially managed forests. Protection is always based on voluntary initiatives of forest owners. Forest areas can also be bought for conservation by the State.

Site selection criteria for METSO have been defined by a group of experts. The criteria form “an ecological shopping list” for forest habitats suitable for protection.

The Finnish Forest Industries Federation considers the protection measures based on voluntary initiative should be introduced across the board nationwide. A sufficient appropriation must be made in the central government budget for implementing the programme. Management of existing protected areas must also be secured through sufficient funding. Research aimed at solving practical biodiversity issues must be continued.

 

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Voluntary measures introduced in biodiversity protection

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A new forest biodiversity action programme was completed at the end of 2007 to be put into practice in 2008. The action programme was prepared in a working group with several stakeholders, including forest industries.The actions are based on appropriate means, voluntary initiative of forest owners, co-operation and cost-effectiveness.

The Finnish Forest Industries Federation considers the protection measures based on voluntary initiative should be introduced across the board nationwide. A sufficient appropriation must be made in the central government budget for implementing the programme. Management of existing protected areas must also be secured through sufficient funding. Research aimed at solving practical biodiversity issues must be continued.

Finland has a larger percentage of strictly protected forests than other European countries on average, 8.2%, or almost 1.9 million hectares. In other European countries, the comparable figure is of the order of 2% to 3%.
 
Most of Finland’s protected forests are in northern Finland, where 14.7% of the forest area is strictly protected; by contrast, in southern Finland the figure is only 1.8%.

 

The Finnish Forest Industries Federation considers that further protection issues should be managed through the voluntary measures developed under the METSO programme and through natural management in commercial forests.

For more information:

Suvi Raivio, Senior Advisor, Biodiversity, tel. + 358 9 132 6671