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1/2011

 


 

Editorial: "Research – a networked effort"

 

 

Many people still envisage researchers as wise men and women who are secluded from the world, buried in their chambers pondering about profound matters. Such figures may well exist, but the reality of research is often totally different. Research is a networked effort. Experts around the world pool their expertise to gain results. In the best case scenario, the end result is much more than the sum of its parts.

 

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Monitoring methods are being developed to counter storm damage in Finland

 

 

Last year saw extreme weather phenomena in Finland, with a very cold winter and a summer that set temperature records of over 37 ° Celsius, followed by exceptionally strong storms in July and August. Storms Asta, Veera, Lahja, and Sylvia caused significant damage in Finland’s forests. More than eight million cubic metres of wood, equivalent to 15 per cent of Finland's annual cuttings, were thrown by the high winds that swept over southern Finland.

 

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The KIEMET portal – information on the forest sector in Central and Eastern European countries

 

 

In 2010, the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) launched the new Internet-based information service KIEMET. It provides information about forest resources, forest ownership and its organisation, bioenergy markets, and the forest-sector business environment in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. They information covers Belarus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

 

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The role of wood-based biomass in the EU 27 and Finland to grow

 

 

The European Union has resolved to reduce the effects of climate change and to establish a common energy policy. As part of this policy, the European heads of state or government agreed on certain binding targets for 2020: to reduce greenhouse gas emission levels to 20 per cent below 1990 levels, to reduce energy consumption by 20 per cent, and to increase the share of renewable energy in the EU’s final energy consumption by 20 per cent.

 

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Changes in forest ownership structure are challenging for wood supply in Finland

 

 

As in most Western European countries, forests in Finland are mainly owned by private people and families. About 52%, or 12 million hectares, of Finland’s total forest area is under non‑industrial private ownership . The state owns 35% and forest-industry companies eight per cent, while five per cent is owned by others, such as the Church, communities, and counties.

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Recent 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.

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