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Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector

Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) estimates and reports sinks and emissions of the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector of Finland. The single entity responsible for the Finnish greenhouse gas inventory is the Statistics Finland. Metla provides greenhouse gas inventory results for the LULUCF sector according to the requirements of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the supplementary Kyoto protocol (KP).

The greenhouse gas inventory in Metla for the UNFCCC reports human induced emissions and sinks from different land-uses. The reporting under Kyoto protocol differs from the UNFCCC reporting by focusing more on the activities instead of land-use.

The lands and inland water of Finland has been allocated to six different categories, namely Forest land, Cropland, Grassland, Wetlands, Settlements and Other land. The classification of the land follows the guidelines provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Metla is responsible to estimate emissions and sinks from Forest land and also from Wetlands. Emissions and sinks from the Forest land originate mainly from the changes in the carbon stocks of biomass, dead organic matter and soils. In addition to those also emissions from fertilization application, controlled burning and wildfires have been reported. In the current reporting the emissions from Wetlands constitute only those from peat extraction sites. Emissions and sinks from the Croplands and Grasslands have been estimated by the MTT Agrifood.

The period 2008–2012 is the first commitment period of the Kyoto protocol and during the 2010 parties report emissions and sinks of the LULUCF under the Kyoto protocol. The major emphasis with the KP reporting is with the emissions from deforestation, reforestation and afforestation (article 3.3). In addition to compulsory reporting of emissions and sinks from the land-use change Parties of KP may have chosen voluntary activities, namely Forest management, Cropland management, Grassland management and/or Revegetation (article 3.4). Finland opted for Forest management, meaning that Finland can use the sink of forests to offset emissions from land-use change (mainly from deforestation) and to get partial credits according to the defined cap.


Project Coordinator

Ms. Tarja Tuomainen
Finnish Forest research Institute
Vantaa Research Unit
PO Box 18 (Jokiniemenkuja 1)
mobile: +358 29 532 2190
e-mail: tarja.tuomainen(a)

Soil carbon stock change

Dr. Aleksi Lehtonen
mobile: +358 29 532 2362
e-mail: aleksi.lehtonen(a)

Land-use change

Mr. Markus Haakana
phone: +358 29 532 5313
e-mail: markus.haakana(a)

Biomass estimation and soil carbon stock change

Ms. Paula Puolakka
phone: 029 532 5319
e-mail: paula.puolakka(a)

Regional carbon balances

Dr. Jari Perttunen
phone: +358 29 532 5470
e-mail: jari.perttunen(a)

Uncertainty analysis

Prof. Juha Heikkinen
phone:+358 29 532 5420
e-mail: juha.heikkinen(a)

IT support

Ms. Sointu Virkkala
mobile: +358 29 532 2366
e-mail: sointu.virkkala(a)


Ms. Inkeri Suopanki
mobile: +358 50 801 5111
e-mail: inkeri.suopanki(a)


Updated: 25.06.2013 /KBym  |  Photo: Erkki Oksanen, Metla, unless otherwise stated  |  Copyright Metla  |  Feedback