Metla uutiskirje

Metla Bulletin

2/2011
News
Metla invests in international forestry research

The aim is to exploit the broad expertise of the Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla also in R&D projects carried out in cooperation with Finnish and foreign forestry organisations. The main focus of research is on forestry in Russia and Eastern European countries.

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Russian forest fires cause less damage than last year – but underlying problem remains the same
Photo: EMERCOM of Russia

Forest fires have been plaguing the Russian forest sector for decades. The catastrophic situation of the summer of 2010 led to a blaze of publicity. Fires destroyed wide areas, including several villages, and caused dozens of fatalities. In addition, smoke led to severe health problems in Moscow, among other places. Russian forests are burning this summer too, but without the same human impact as last year.

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PromoBio helps new bioenergy initiatives underway in Eastern Europe

Through the Promobio project, Metla's international forestry research group is expanding its networks inEastern Europe. The three-year project focuses on helping companies and regional decision-makers in Eastern Europe to increase the use of biomass for energy. The project aims to provide concrete support to local companies in establishing new business projects and support the development of regional policy framework related to bioenergy.

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News
Global forest resources assessment discussed in Finland

On 13–15 September 2011 in Finland, the UN FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) brought together 40 experts from 30 countries and international organisations. They were assembled to plan the development of the global forest resources assessment system. The meeting was tasked with drafting recommendations for the UN concerning the implementation of the next global forest resources assessment between 2011 and 2015. Deforestation was one of the participants’ major concerns.

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No pine nematodes found in timber imports from Russia

Timber imports from Russia to Finland fell due to an increase in customs duties on roundwood in 2007. The goods structure also changed: volumes of imported woodchips and sawdust have been exceeding those of roundwood since 2009. In phytosanitary inspections, statutory since 2005, no infestations by the pine wood nematode or other quarantine pests have been detected in timber imports from Russia. Packaging material and coniferous woodchips may pose a greater risk of pathogen infestation.

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Romania, a major exporter of beech furniture, is privatising forests

Increasing the forest sector’s overall share and the added value of wood, while supporting the country's hundreds of thousands of private forest owners on their way towards sustainable forestry: these are the challenges and goals of the Romanian forest policy.

The Central and Eastern Europe Forest Information Project of Metla gathers baseline information on the Romanian forest sector. In the autumn of 2011, Metla will organise a training event focusing on Romania's business environment and a study and networking visit to Bucharest and its vicinity.

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Header image: Metla/Essi Puranen, Photos: Metla/Erkki Oksanen, unless otherwise stated