Release April 1, 2009
propose today in Stora Enso's Annual General Meeting that the paper
giant would stop sourcing wood from the intact old-growth forests of
Finnish Lapland. The shareholders propose the company to save the eight
most important areas of contiguous intact forest outside protected areas
in Forest Lapland as defined by NGOs Greenpeace, Finnish Association
for Nature Conservation and Finnish Nature League in 2006 (1).
In their AGM in
2007 Stora Enso announced that they stop sourcing from the forests until
the manager of the forests, Metsähallitus, has inventoried the ecological
values of the areas. However, Stora Enso continued procuring from the
areas in less than a year although no reports on the results of the
inventories had been published.
published maps of the areas and classified some of the forests raised
by the NGOs as "in natural state". Logging has taken place also in these
forests classified as "natural state" by the logger, and Stora Enso
has sourced wood from the operations. Greenpeace identified trees
from the 17th century having been felled in the operations.
Saving the remaining
intact forests would not threaten Stora Enso's wood procurement. In
2008 Stora Enso used 38,2 million cubic metres of wood. In Lapland,
10,2 million cubic metres of tree growth is used by forestry while only
1,6 million cubic metres are in protected areas. The 30,000 ha of forest
land proposed to be saved represents less than 0,8% of Lapland's forest
land outside protected areas.
For more information,
Juha Aromaa, communications
press officer, Greenpeace
NOTES: (1) (1) Greenpeace, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and Finnish Nature League published maps of the eight most important areas of contiguous intact forests in Forest Lapland in 2006. The areas include 30,000 ha of forest land outside protected areas. Thousands of findings of threatened species have been made in the forests.