Felling exceeds a sustainable level in southern Finland, says the Natural Resources Center

According to the Institute of Natural Resources (Luke) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, an average of 91 per cent of the largest amount of sustainable wood has been felled in Finnish forests over the past five years.

Luke has estimated the largest sustainable harvest of sawn timber and energy wood in the country’s forests in 2016-2045.

The institute’s estimate covers the material and energy balance for several years. At the national level, wood seems to be enough for ’s needs, it said. The calculation does not take a position on biodiversity.

Harvest volumes are forecast to increase

The estimated yield potential for the entire period will increase in a decade. In the first period 2016–2025, there will be an average of 80.5 million cubic meters of trunk wood per year. In the long run, it is estimated at 86.3 million cubic meters per year.

Harvest volumes vary from year to year, he says Jukka TorvelainenLuke’s senior statistician.

Between 2016 and 2021, felling averaged 91 percent of the maximum possible across the country, he told . In Northern Finland (, Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu) the corresponding figure was only 76 per cent.

In southern Finland, however, exceeded sustainable levels in many areas, including , and . In these areas, more trees were felled than replaced.

Excessive use of forests can violate EU law

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation has long criticized the amount of logging and demanded that old-growth forests in particular be protected from logging in order to protect biodiversity.

Finland’s largest environmental protection group said last week that last year’s fellings rose to 76 million cubic meters, the second highest ever, while emissions from the land use sector, including forestry, exceeded forest sinks.

Emission absorption capacity is the cornerstone of the plan to achieve by 2035, as promised by the Prime Minister’s Government. (SDP).

“The conversion of carbon sinks into emission sources is the result of a forest policy. Deforestation is completely unsustainable for the climate and nature. The Marin government must look itself in the mirror. It needs to find ways to limit deforestation, “said FANC Climate Policy Officer Hanna Aho said in a statement.

The NGO warned that Finland is in danger of violating its obligation under EU law to ensure that emissions do not exceed carbon sinks in 2021–2025. The requirement is part of the Union’s Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry Regulation (LULUCF).

Source: The Nordic Page

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