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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 climate change – mitigation

Globally, deforestation contributes significantly to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In the Nordic countries forests are generally increasing in area and biomass and in all the Nordic countries are net sinks of carbon from the atmosphere. Therefore, combating deforestation is an important aspect of many Nordic countries’ foreign policies, but of minor concern within the Nordic countries.

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