Forests "can help combat climate change"

Finland’s forest industry calls for greater recognition of sector’s potential to absorb carbon

EU policy must change to recognise forests’ carbon offset potential and sustainable energy contribution, said stakeholders at a conference organised by the Finnish forest industries federation in Brussels on Tuesday.

Austrian climate expert Dr Bernhard Schlamadinger, from Joanneum Research, suggested that recognition of forestry projects as emission reduction projects by the European emission trading scheme could be a first step to creating supply-side incentives to increase forest cover.

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