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20 Nov 2018

Sustainable Finnish forestry is not based on raking

While visiting and giving support to California’s firefighting activities, President Trump advised to take Finland as a model, where fire protection is based on ‘raking’ of forests. Well, not exactly so. Finland has a long history of sustainable forestry which has, indeed, been used as a model by a number of countries around the world. But this is not due to raking, but something else. Finland has been a pioneer for developing forest-based bioeconomy for decades.

Tackling climate change through sustainable forest management

Based on the long track record of sustainable forestry, Finnish forests provide a large sink of CO2 while simultaneously providing a base for a large scale forest-based industries. During the last 50 years, the Finnish forests and harvested wood products have absorbed around 1 GT CO2 /e. Currently, the global emissions are 50 GT CO2 /e  and our world’s forests have a significant role to play in tackling climate change. This is a key reason for why we need to protect and nurture our forest-based bioeconomy.

Active surveillance plus fast reaction and mobilisation of fire suppression

Efficient protection against forest fires is part of the success story. The fire protection in Finland is based on active surveillance combined with very fast reaction and mobilisation of fire suppression activities. However, raking is not part of the fire suppression. It is not needed, nor does Finland have enough people to cover 20 million hectares of forest land in the country.

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Petteri Pihlajamaki
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