large intact old-growth forests in Finnish Forest Lapland - ongoing
logging by governmental Metsahallitus for Stora Enso
May 2006 major Finnish NGOs published a report describing the biggest
old-growth forests outside of protected areas in Northern Finland, in
the region of Forest Lapland south of the Saami homeland.
During January-March 2007 the logging in intact old-growth forests in Finland went on. Forestry giants Stora Enso and Botnia (part of M-Real and UPM) bought the wood from old-growth forest destruction. They process the habitats of red-listed species into magazine papers, copy papers and cardboard packages for European market.
Logging was halted in the end of March. On October 2007, logging was restarted. The forest industry has decided to continue buying from the Finnish old-growth forests. According to 257 Finnish scientists and researchers ”…present and intended loggings in forested Lapland (e.g. Pokka-Pulju and Peurakaira in Sodankylä …) are unsustainable and in obvious conflict with the biological diversity conservation agreements to which Finland is committed.”
: LOGGING GOING ON IN FOREST LAPLAND, FEBRUARY 2009
appeal 16.2.2007 Scientific
support for preservation of natural forests: 255 Finnish top scientists
appeal to the Ministry of Forestry to stop logging in natural forests.
WWF Forest and Trade Network in UK recommends
that HCVF-wood from Forest Lapland is kept out of supply chain 14.2.2007
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