forest policy, forestry, forest management, diversity, climate, sustainable development
In its resolution on 21 February 2019, the Government adopted the updated version of the National Forest Strategy 2025, which was approved by the Forest Council in December 2018. The vision and objectives of the Strategy, originally approved in 2015, remained primarily unchanged, but the project portfolio was updated to correspond to changes in the operating environment.
The Forest Strategy aims to achieve the 2030 Agenda goals related to forests and now takes into account climate sustainability and the safeguarding of forest biodiversity more clearly than before.
The strategy describes the priority areas and measures concerning forest sector development that the public sector will focus on as part of joint development work. Some of the projects detailed in the original strategy have already been completed, and new, more topical projects have cropped up in their place.
The entirely new projects added to the strategy deal with climate-sustainable forestry, international forest policy, influencing at the EU level and developing products made from wood. Overarching themes of the projects in the strategy include digitalisation and increased communication and interaction. In addition to these, more of the projects in the strategy now take into account the diversification of forest management methods and of business and industry, along with the safeguarding of biodiversity and protection of water resources.
The various measures have been compiled into a strategic project portfolio, the implementation of which will promote an increase in welfare produced through the forest sector and help to safeguard different aspects of sustainability. The updated project portfolio consists of ten projects.