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We have developed and initiated a set of actions for the period until 2030 to improve biodiversity on the species, habitat and landscape levels. Our work will be supported by a science-based monitoring programme and continuous research.
You can read more about our biodiversity indicators here.
Read on for examples of active biodiversity management practices in Nordic forests and on plantations.
We own or part-own approximately 1.7 million hectares of forest land in Europe and we have been actively working with biodiversity management for decades. In 2021, 88% of our wood came from managed semi-natural forests in Europe.
Together with organisations like WWF, we’re now doing more than ever to enrich the biodiversity of our forests. Activities include improving the condition of Finland’s freshwaters, improving habitats for aquatic species and expanding our work with increasing the share of broad-leaved trees and amount of deadwood.
In 2021, 12% of our wood came from three plantations that we part-own or lease. These plantations are located in Brazil, Uruguay and China. It’s important to note that biodiversity management in plantations differs considerably from semi-natural forests.
When we start working with a plantation, we look at the best possible use of the land available. Stora Enso never establishes plantations in natural forests, protected areas, or water-sensitive locations. We only use land with low biodiversity value, such as former pasture land.
In other words, we make use of land that is already degraded and protect and restore the remaining lands. Work is then done to create restored corridors between the protected lands to enhance biodiversity further.
In most of our plantations, about half of the land is used for plantation growth while the remainder is being protected or restored to enhance biodiversity in the area. For example, our joint operation in Brazilian with Veracel has seen some 7,200 hectares of land restored between 1994 and 2020.
Veracel (link to Veracel website) is also the first tree plantation company in Brazil to receive FSC recognition for preserving and responsibly managing ecosystem services.