Finnish forests’ decades-long growth slows, threatening climate goals

By Aleksi Teivainen
Helsinki Times
October 13, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

The growth of Finnish forests is expected to slow down for several decades, reports YLE. The Finnish public broadcasting company wrote yesterday that, according to leading experts in the field, the annual increment in the growing stock will fall short of the latest estimate by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). Luke stated one year ago that the growth has slowed down to 103.5 million cubic metres per year, representing a decline of a couple of per cent from its previous estimate. Statistics Finland, meanwhile, revealed earlier this year that the land use, land-use change and forestry sector appears to have become a source of emissions for the first time ever in part due to the slowing growth of the growing stock. …If the growth of forests slows down by up to 10 per cent, it would require an adjustment of roughly 10 million tonnes in carbon dioxide calculations.

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