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Press release 13.03.2006

A seminar introducing the results of the multi-year HMS research project on forest carbon stocks

Researchers representing the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), the University of Helsinki and the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT meet in the Forest ecosystem carbon and its economic implications seminar in Diana auditorium, Helsinki (Erottajankatu 5) on March 16, 2006 at 9-18 to introduce their results gained from the Pools and fluxes of carbon in Finnish forests and their socio-economic implications project.

Metla’s research project was initiated to provide basic knowledge for Finnish authorities to prepare them for international negotiations. During the project, information was produced on carbon amounts and fluxes on drained and undrained peatlands and methods were developed to enable analysing the effects of silvicultural practices on carbon stock development and forest carbon balances based on forest inventories and uncertainties relating to them. Furthermore, the project also created methods for Finland’s greenhouse gas reporting and surveyed the economic impact caused by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) on Finland and other countries. With the help of data compilation methods and computer-assisted models Finland was able, in 2005, to report on parameters such as soil carbon stock changes for the first time.

- The objectives set for the research project were successfully met, and research results and reports have been provided for international agreements and obligations, says Project Coordinator, Senior Researcher Risto Sievänen from Metla.

The research programme included Metla projects called Modelling forest carbon cycles, Pools and fluxes of carbon in Finnish forests on mineral soils and peatlands, Forest carbon balance, as well as Forest carbon sinks and economic costs of Kyoto Protocol.

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