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Following on from our series about forest policy and legislation in Scandinavian countries, today’s post takes a closer look at Forestry in Denmark, the country’s 2012 EU Presidency and the contribution Denmark has made to creating a roadmap for a sustainable European economy. The total forested area of Denmark amounts to around 534.500 ha (2006).
What is a passive house? Passive house construction and technology was born around 20 years ago in Germany. The concept is actually very simple, but it remains a revolutionary idea throughout many cities in Europe. A majority of houses and commercial units in European cities were built using traditional construction methods. Unfortunately, many of these
The European Union created new legislation intended to combat the trade in illegal timber back in 2010. Known as the “EU Timber Regulation”, this measure prohibited illegally harvested wood from being sold on the European market. It outlined how operators would need to be diligent when assessing the risk of purchasing illegal products from their
Essentially, well-managed woodlands and forests are an important renewable resource. They produce vital raw materials, while creating minimal waste and energy use. When rich in species, diversity and habitat, forests make a positive contribution towards increased ecosystem stability. Properly managed forests absorb the effects of disturbances and unwanted depositions. They help to prevent soil erosion,
Sweden’s forests benefit from the Gulf Stream, because its warming effect permits forest growth at northerly latitudes that would otherwise be associated with treeless tundra in other regions. Additionally, eight vegetation zones can be identified in this Scandinavian country: Arctic Alpine Alpine North Boreal Boreal North South Boreal South Boreal Boreo-Nemoral Nemoral The majority of
Scandinavian Forest Legislation This is the first post in a series in which we will be examining Scandinavian forest legislation. Today’s post gives an overview of the history of Nordic forestry and sustainable forest management practices, before giving a quick overview of forest policy in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. Subsequent posts in this series
Swedish Forest Policy The Swedish Forest Agency is Sweden’s national authority that is responsible for all forest related matters. The agency endeavours to ensure that Sweden’s forests are managed sustainably and that harvests are abundant, while biodiversity is simultaneously supported. The Swedish Forest Agency also strives to promote increased awareness of the importance of the
Norwegian – Forest Policy The foundation of Norwegian forest policy is built upon promoting resilience and long term stability of resources. Policies for Norwegian forest management aim to promote sustainability and to meet cultural, social, ecological and economic needs in the present and the future. Norway has signed resolutions on the sustainable management of Europe’s
Danish Forest Policy – Overview The Danish Forest Act, passed in 2004, has ensured the ongoing protection and conservation of Danish forests. The act supports the promotion of sustainable forest management (SFM) and increasing the area of forested land, with a view to encouraging ecological, social and economic values. Sustainable management refers to the fact
Finnish Forest Policy Finnish forest policy experienced a complete overhaul in the 1990’s at the same time as The Nature Conservation Act was being created. The new Forest Act focussed on sustainable forest management, which encompasses ecological, social and economic aspects of forest management. Prepared as an open process between stakeholders in Finnish forest issues,