The new Forest Environment Program promotes sustainable growth

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Forest-based industry launches its Forest Environment Program for 2016–2020. The program seeks to further improve forest industry’s environmental performance and increase active and open communication. Wood-based bioeconomy is on the verge of growth, and thus it is more important than ever that all aspects of sustainability are in balance.

The new Forest Environment Program consists of research and development projects whose aim is to further improve forest-based industry’s everyday operations. One of the projects not only aims at evaluating the impacts of current forest management methods on forest environment, but also puts into action what is to be learned from the research conducted. Creating new, cost-effective measures to better take into account forest environment is also covered.

“We are about to kick off a major research project studying the impacts of forestry and nature management in commercial forests. Eventually, the results create a basis for future actions. In addition, we will participate in, and further improve, an ongoing research project on sustainable forestry practices in peatlands. Moreover, we will come up with a guide which aims at increasing the amount of decaying wood in commercial forests, and develop alternatives for the existing subsidies for preserving nature,” says Senior Adviser Inka Musta from the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

Some of the projects will provide results rather quickly whereas some projects generate results later in the future.

“Growing bioeconomy challenges all operators in the industry. Thanks to the program, there will be more knowledge and new approaches available for the whole sector. The equilibrium between ecological, social and economic sustainability will hold in the future as well. Forestry in Finland is world class measured in ecological sustainability, but we can and will further improve it,” says Forest Director Tomi Salo from the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

Sustainable forestry in Finland

Forest law in Finland sets legal requirements for sustainable forest management, and forest certification guarantees consumers and corporate customers that the raw material comes from sustainably managed forests. Approximately 90% of forests in Finland are either FSC of PEFC certified.

METSO, a program based on voluntary conservation, has increased the protection of some of the most valuable forest ecosystems, and nature management in commercial forests is a part of everyday forestry. Forest industry companies have agreed on environmental and responsibility commitments, in accordance with which the sector is voluntarily committed to develop its operations by the year 2020. Furthermore, the Finnish Forest Industries Federation participates in several joint projects and forums promoting sustainable forestry.

For more information, please contact:

Tomi Salo, Director, Forests, tomi.salo@forestindustries.fi, tel. +358 – 45 875 8911
Inka Musta, Senior Adviser, Forests, inka.musta@forestindustries.fi, tel. +358 – 40 634 9900