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Finland – Havukkavaara Forest Under Threat

Update: March 24, 2015

Positive resolution on this alert: on March 24, 2015, Metsähallitus and Snowchange Cooperative reached a solution regarding the Ostola lot. Metsähallitus will conserve 18,3 hectares of old-growth boreal forest and surrounding areas, parts of which have been logged, as a buffer zone.

This will allow the old-growth forest to regenerate as part of a new protected area. Metsähallitus will demarcate the 18,3 hectares as a part of their ecological zone to be spared from all forestry activities. All hunting rights are preserved until early 2017. Towards 2017 the forest will be designated as a strict IUCN –category preserve. This may become the first “formally agreed” ICCA in Finland!

An ICCA alert that likely worked… Havukkavaara Forest In Finland

Our member Snowchange has raised an alert regarding the threat of a potential clear cutting in the last boreal forests on the lot “Ostola” of Havukkavaara, village of Selkie, North Karelia, Finland by the state enterprise Metsähallitus. You will find more information and updates in there website.

Initial situation : November 30, 2014

Our member Snowchange was raising an alert regarding the threat of a potential clear cuts in the last boreal forests on the lot “Ostola” of Havukkavaara, village of Selkie, North Karelia, Finland by the state enterprise Metsähallitus.

Read here the letter of concern sent by the ICCA Consortium
Read more about the alert here