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Implementing the Selfoss declaration

Recommendations to Nordic forestry

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In August 2008 the Ministers and Secretaries of state responsible for Forestry in the Nordic countries held a conference in Selfoss Iceland. The topic of the conference was the importance of forests in facing up two of the most important environmental challenges of our time: global climate change and the global administration of freshwater resources. The conference concluded with a Ministerial declaration - The Selfoss Declaration on Sustainable Forestry. This report presents proposed policy recommendations for the implementation of the declaration. It further provides background information and an in-depth analysis of the challenges presented in the declaration. The aim of this report is to give recommendations to relevant actors within the Nordic forestry co-operation as to how the Selfoss Declaration can be implemented and followed up.

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Forests and forestry in the the Nordic Countries

In the five Nordic countries, forests and open woodlands cover 66.8 million hectares or more than half (53%) the total land area (Table 3.1). However, these forests are not very evenly distributed. Almost the entire area of Nordic forests and woodlands (99%) is in Finland, Sweden and Norway and primarily so in Sweden and Finland (81% of total Nordic forest area).

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