Finnish forests should be used actively, diversely and sustainably, says draft strategy

The Helsinki Times
October 11, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

HELSINKI, Finland — The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has unveiled its proposal for a new 10-year national forest strategy. The strategy is an attempt to commingle the views of stakeholders ranging from forest owners; the forest industry, its employers and employees; and environmental groups. The strategy is fairly vague, failing to both set any targets for the oft-debated issue of logging volumes and adopt a clear stance on controversial practices such as clear cutting. It sets forth four goals: Finland being a competitive operating environment for a new and responsible forest industry. Forests being used actively, diversely and sustainably. The vitality, diversity and adaptability of forests being strengthened. Knowledge-based expertise and leadership being strengthened. …Comments on the draft strategy can be submitted until 14 November 2022. The strategy is set to steer forest policy-making in Finland from 2025 to 2035.

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