Finnish government understands more must be done, Ohisalo says about report on shrinking carbon sinks

By Aleksi Teivainen
The Helsinki Times
December 22, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A report by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has confirmed that the land use sector has turned from a carbon sink into a source of emissions in part because of rising felling volumes, states Minister Maria Ohisalo. “This was naturally expected based on the preliminary data… The information is tremendously alarming, and the government shares an understanding that more has to be done.” Luke published the results of its report of the reasons behind the unprecedented change in the land use, land-use change and forestry sector. The primary reason, it concluded, is that the carbon sink of forests has more than halved as a result of intensifying felling and slowing growth. …Minister Antti Kurvinen… “We have to dedicate all our resources to boosting the growth of forests. We’ll need to fertilise, to fell more, but we have to do that at the right time.”

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