Forest protection has continued to increase in Finland – area of strictly protected forests is now the size of Belgium

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Forest protection has continued to increase in Finland – area of strictly protected forests is now the size of Belgium

December 16, 2019 - 09:06
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The majority of Finland’s strictly protected forests are located on conservation sites based on the Nature Conservation Act or sites protected under various specific programmes.

The percentage of protected forest out of productive and poorly productive forest land has increased in northern Finland. In southern Finland, it has remained the same.

The share of protected forests in southern Finland has remained at 5%, according to new statistics published by Natural Resources Institute Finland. Nevertheless, the area of protected forest has increased even in southern Finland, thanks to such measures as the Metso Forest Biodiversity Programme.

Compared to the previous estimate from 2016. the increase in terms of protected hectares in the whole country is about 145,000, and as much as 60,000 in southern Finland alone. The percentages are rounded up or down to full integers and thus do not show the change.

On the other hand, the share of protected forests in northern Finland has increased from 19 to 20. For all of Finland, the figure has increased from 12 to 13. The total of strictly protected hectares is 2.88 million, which is almost the size of Belgium or more or less exactly the size of Albania.