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Stora Enso and WWF Finland partner to protect Finnish forest biodiversity

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Finland's 22 million hectares (ha) of forests are the number one source of raw material for Stora Enso's operations. The majority of the country's forests are owned by private persons and families. Numbering more than 700 000, Finland's forest-owners form one of Stora Enso's largest stakeholder groups and to underline the increasing importance of the alternative uses of forests Stora Enso has signed a unique partnership with WWF Finland.

A significant acreage of Finland's 22 million ha forest estate has soft ground conditions – a tracked ProSylva forwarder in operation.

A significant acreage of Finland’s 22 million ha forest estate has soft ground conditions – a tracked ProSylva forwarder in operation.

According to the Finland-headed forest industry major, almost 40 percent of all the wood the company uses originates from a Finnish forest thus Finland’s forest-owners form one of Stora Enso’s largest stakeholder groups.​ In addition to their economic value as raw material for the forest industry, Nordic forests also have important recreational and ecological values, related to leisure activities, landscapes, and biodiversity conservation, for instance.

To support these multiple uses and the voluntary protection of forests Stora Enso is providing Finnish forest-owners with a new service, known as MetsäPolku (Forest Path).

Partnering with WWF Finland

The new service actively promotes various values among forest-owners and offers alternative harvesting practices for their forests. Forest-owners may choose to designate ecologically valuable areas of forest for conservation, while still enabling other parts of their property to be utilised commercially with carefully planned felling and regeneration.

Stora Enso additionally provides FSC and PEFC certification services for all such forest areas.

Sustainable forestry is a fundamental element of Stora Enso’s operations throughout the world – and a value that we share with WWF Finland. We are glad to provide landowners with an easy way to voluntarily protect forests with high biodiversity values, said Pekka Kallio-Mannila, Head of Sustainability at Stora Enso’s Wood Supply Finland.

To underline the increasing importance of the alternative uses of forests Stora Enso has signed a unique partnership with WWF Finland.

Stora Enso’s way of working is a fresh way to acknowledge the various objectives that forest-owners may have with regard to their forests. This sends a great message that Stora Enso also wants to support private forest-owners’ ecological values, said Liisa Rohweder, WWF Finland’s Secretary-General.

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