This spring, UPM will begin a transplantation project of rare and threatened wood-inhabiting fungi in co-operation with Natural Resources Institute Finland and the University of Helsinki. The aim of the project is to accelerate the reintroduction of species inhabiting deadwood to forests by planting these fungi to deadwood concentrations in the company forests. The project advances UPM's target to improve the biodiversity of the company forests in Finland. Increasing deadwood is a key method for achieving this target. "This is a completely new and a globally unique way to protect biodiversity", says Timo Lehesvirta, Sustainable Forestry Lead at UPM. Volume of decaying wood is the biggest difference affecting to forest species between sites reserved for wood production and natural forests. A quarter, i.e. approximately 5000, of forest species in Finland live on deadwood. Most of them are fungi and insect species. "The mycelia of fungi are grown in petri dishes. The mycelia are transplanted onto wooden pegs planted during the growing season to naturally developed deadwood and to deadwood made for the project", says Timo Lehesvirta. Click read more below for additional detail.
We are a proud partner of the World Rainforest Day initiative, organized by the Rainforest Partnership to celebrate World Rainforest Day.
Taking place on 22 June, World Rainforest Day is a collaborative effort to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the world’s rainforests.
Did you know that rainforests cover less than 3% of the Earth’s area, but are essential to life on Earth?
Or that more than 25% of the medicines we use originate from rainforest plants?
Rainforests can even influence global weather, and are home to half of the world’s terrestrial species.
World Rainforest Day is an opportunity to celebrate this vital natural resource each year and take action to preserve it.
Protected Together. Now. Forever.
PEFC is part of the global Rainforest Day Community, that organizes three consecutive days of engaging programming in celebration of World Rainforest Day, including interactive events, online workshops and resources from around the world.
Each day will be revolving around a specific pillar of the 2021 theme: Protected Together. Now. Forever.
“This year’s event is more than a celebration of rainforests or a call for change. It’s an unprecedented act of collective action and collaborative coalition-building,” explained Niyanta Spelman, CEO of Rainforest Partnership.
“Protecting rainforests is an absolutely critical climate solution. We need Rainforest Ambitions. We need to act together, in defense of rainforests, climate, people, and planet.”
more at source: https://pefc.org/news/celebrating-our-rainforests-on-world-rainforest-day