Published on : Friday, August 7, 2015
PEFC sets the most demanding criteria for forestry in Finland – defining the level of Finnish Forestry in practice, a recent report by Gaia Consulting highlighted, giving a clear positive message on the effects of PEFC certification in Finland.
The most significant effects of PEFC forest certification in Finland have been seen in forest biodiversity, for example by ensuring that retention trees are present, the report states.
According to the report, PEFC has had a far-reaching impact on the forestry industry and a society as a whole. PEFC sets the conditions for forestry operations that are implemented in practice, going way beyond the new forest law, which only provides a framework of minimum requirements. PEFC has changed attitudes, competencies and procedures.
PEFC requires leaving ten retention trees per hectare in connection with regeneration fellings. These trees must never be taken out of the forest, but must be allowed to decay where they have stood. The total amount of additional decayed or decaying wood left in the forest since the PEFC system was introduced in Finland comes up to seven million cubic meters.