Working Papers of the Finnish Forest Research Institute 271

Conditions and prospects for increasing forest yield in northern Europe

Authors: Jonsson, Ragnar, Mustonen, Mika, Lundmark, Tomas, Nordin, Annika, Gerasimov, Yuri, Granhus, Aksel, Hendrick, Eugene, Hynynen, Jari, Kvist Johannsen, Vivian, Kaliszewski, Adam, Miksys, Virginijus, Nord-Larsen, Thomas, Polley, Heino, Sadauskiene, Liana, Snowdon, Pat, Solberg, Birger, Sollander, Erik, Snorrason, Arnor, Valgepea, Mati, Ward, Sheila & Zalitis, Toms
Pages: 41

Abstract

Forests will play a crucial role in the transformation from an economy based on fossil fuels to one relying on renewable resources. Hence, besides being a source of raw material for the forest industry, in the future, forests are expected to increasingly contribute to the production of energy as well as providing a wide range of environmental and social services. Thus, the objective of the present study is to assess the short-term and long-term potential for increasing sustainable wood supply in the EFINORD countries. Present practices and prospects for intensive forest management have been assessed using information from a questionnaire complemented by compilation and evaluating of national forest inventory (NFI) data and other forest sector relevant information. The study indicates a striking variation in the intensity of utilisation of the wood resources within the EFINORD region. For the region as a whole, there seems to be a substantial unused (biophysical) potential. However, recent NFI data from some countries indicate that annual felling rates can be underestimated. If felling rates are higher than currently recognised then, given the increased demand for wood-based energy, there appears to be a need to discuss strategies for large-scale implementation of more intensive forestry practices to ensure that the availability of wood resources in the future can meet an increasing demand in the EFINORD countries.

Keywords

forests, renewable, forest industry, energy, forest management, NFI

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Bibliographic information

Jonsson, Ragnar, Mustonen, Mika, Lundmark, Tomas, Nordin, Annika, Gerasimov, Yuri, Granhus, Aksel, Hendrick, Eugene, Hynynen, Jari, Kvist Johannsen, Vivian, Kaliszewski, Adam, Miksys, Virginijus, Nord-Larsen, Thomas, Polley, Heino, Sadauskiene, Liana, Snowdon, Pat, Solberg, Birger, Sollander, Erik, Snorrason, Arnor, Valgepea, Mati, Ward, Sheila & Zalitis, Toms. 2013. Conditions and prospects for increasing forest yield in northern Europe. Metlan työraportteja / Working Papers of the Finnish Forest Research Institute 271. 41 p. ISBN 978-951-40-2424-5 (PDF). Available at: http://www.metla.fi/julkaisut/workingpapers/2013/mwp271.htm.

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Mika Mustonen, The North European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute – EFINORD

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Unit: Vantaa Research Unit

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