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Media Release October 9 2002
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Sustainable development in timberline forests covered in a single publication
Latest knowledge on northern timberline forests published in book form

The results of the international Northern Timberline Forests Workshop held in Rovaniemi, Finland, in May, have now been compiled into a single publication. The participants of the meeting, representing the Arctic region and its people, contributed scientific articles and formulated recommendations in working groups to meet the needs of research and sustainable development on the Arctic timberline areas. These articles and recommendations have been collected to compile a book. The book was published and pre-sented to the Arctic Council at the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in Saariselkä, Inari, northernmost Finland, on October 7, 2002.

The book is a compilation of the latest knowledge on timberline forests and it is aimed at everybody interested in the matter. The publication is in both English and Russian, and it bears the title: Northern Timberline Forests - Environmental and Socio-economic Issues and Concerns/ Северная  Граница  Леса  —  Вопросы  по  Окружающей  Среде  и  Социально-економические  Вопросы.

Among the observations made in the book is the one sustainable development needing as its support the development of a permanent circumpolar monitoring network for charting the living conditions of the region's peoples and the sustainable management of its natural resources. This network, based on inter-connecting scientific and local knowledge, would serve in complementing existing monitoring pro-grammes with their greater emphasis on the natural sciences, e.g. AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme) and CAFF(Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna).

In addition, the book sets out recommendations on the four aspects of sustainable development:
1) Interaction between humankind and the forest: the socio-economic and cultural dimension
2) Management of natural resources within the northern timberline forest zone
3) Forestry and reindeer herding in the northern timberline forest zone
4) Conservation of biodiversity within the northern timberline forest zone

The meeting held in May in Rovaniemi was part of the research project entitled "Sustainable Development in Northern Timberline Forests" conducted under the auspices of the Arctic Council. The project, implemented in 2000-2002, examined sustainable use and development timberline forests from the viewpoints of ecology, society, economics and culture, with special emphasis on the region's aboriginal peoples. The Finnish government has been the initiator and leader of the project.

Further information:
Project leader Marja-Liisa Sutinen, Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla)
Phone: +358 40 5186702
email: marja-liisa.sutinen@metla.fi

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