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Statistical Yearbook of Forestry 2008

The Statistical Yearbook of Forestry provides an exhaustive statistical overview of forestry and the forest industries in Finland. The book covers the Finnish forest sector as a whole, ranging from forest resources to international trade in forest-related products.

The Statistical Yearbook of Forestry is published annually in the beginning of December. All figures and tables are also available in English at:

- Forest resources
- Forest health and biodiversity
- Silviculture
- Roundwood markets
- Harvesting and transportation of roundwood
- Multiple-use forestry
- Forestry sector ’s labour force
- Wood consumption
- Forest industries
- Foreign trade by forest industries
- Forest sector in Finland’s national economy
- International forest statistics

Sustainable use of forest biomass for energy – A synthesis with focus on the Baltic and Nordic Region

Sustainable use of forest biomass for energy – A synthesis with focus on the Baltic and Nordic Region Metla’s bioenergy researchers from the Units of Vantaa, Joensuu and Kannus, and bioenergy researchers from Estonia, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden are the main writers of the publication Sustainable use of Forest Biomass for Energy – A Synthesis with Focus on the Baltic and Nordic region, which has been published by Springer as part of the “Managing Forest Ecosystems” series this year. The topic of the book is particularly applicable to the forestry and forest ecosystems of the Baltic and Nordic countries. The articles discuss the various energy reserves available from forests, weigh up the short- and long-term impacts of production, and explore the opportunities and risks of wood ash recycling.

The publication includes a review of recommendations relating to the harvesting of biomass in the European context. It introduces a new soil classification system by which a forest professional will be able to decide whether to collect the biomass remaining from tree fellings or to leave it in the forest. The impacts of insect damage were also investigated, and the reader is presented with clear recommendations regarding how timber could be stored. Economic aspects and procedures for the harvesting of forest biomass are assessed, from the viewpoint of both the forest owner and of society.

Furthermore the publication presents a calculation model to examine e.g. nutrient losses, changes in growth caused by these, and the economic result of energy harvesting from the viewpoint of the forest owner. The book also assesses the current practical guidelines for harvesting wood for energy in different countries. According to the publication additional research is needed, particularly on the long-term effects of extracting stumps. Even though many questions relating to the harvesting of forest biomass still remain unanswered, this publication offers the latest research data on the topic. The book is a unique and much-needed tool for forestry professionals – both for scientific researchers and for forest owners.

The publication, financed by the EU, is an excellent example of cross-border research co-operation between research institutes within the European Union.

Publication: Sustainable Use of Forest Biomass for Energy – A Synthesis with Focus on the Baltic and Nordic region. Book Series Managing Forest Ecosystems. Publisher Springer Netherlands. ISBN 978-1-4020-5053-4 (Print) 978-1-4020-5054-1 (Online)

Additional information: Metla’s Research Programme Bioenergy from Forests (BIO)
Researcher Dominik Röser, dominik.roser(at) or Professor Antti Asikainen antti.asikainen(at)

Metla´s publications

Research results and other forms of expertise are published in Metla’s scientific journals, other publication series, monographs and in articles and scientific posters. In addition, the research results are also frequently presented in media releases, newspaper articles as well as various seminars and conferences.

Metla publishes two scientific journals (published jointly with the Finnish Society of Forest Science), the Metsätieteen aikakauskirja and Silva Fennica.

Dissertationes Forestales – series for doctoral dissertations in forest sciences and related disciplines published jointly with the Finnish forestry faculties and the Finnish Society of Forest Science.

Working Papers of the Finnish Forest Research Institute publishes preliminary research results and conference proceedings. Statistical publications – Statistical Yearbook of Forestry, Forest Statistical Bulletins, Forest Finland in Brief, and national reports on forest condition monitoring in Finland – include diverse statistical information on forests and forestry.

The Finnish Forest Sector Economic Outlook is published annually.

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