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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 water

Freshwater resources vary greatly between the Nordic countries (Table 1). Iceland and Norway have very substantial freshwater resources, both in total volume and per capita. Denmark, on the other hand, has very restricted freshwater resources, while Sweden and Finland are comparably well endowed with freshwater resources with equal volume per capita. Even though the total quantity and average quality of freshwater resources are high in Iceland and Norway, water supply can be locally critical.

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