UPM is both a major forest owner and a purchaser of wood. Our land use and forestry planning are based on the comprehensive evaluation and preservation of ecosystem services. With sustainable forest management we can safeguard and increase multiple benefits that forests provide.
Choosing the right mix of tree species for optimal growth and resilience
– Our future depends on healthy forests. We must find solutions to the loss of biodiversity and reduce our impact on the climate, states Thomas Krauthauf, Vice President of UPM Sourcing Central Europe.
The UPM Forest Action programme takes a holistic, global view on the impact of forestry, combining measures on five factors: climate, biodiversity, soil, water, and social contribution. Climate change is one factor that must be considered when talking about sustainable forestry and the trees’ resilience towards changing weather conditions and rising temperatures.
– The UPM Forest Action programme is our most comprehensive take on sustainable forestry to date. Here in Germany, this will continue to help us in the future, together with our business partners to develop the right mix of tree species for forest owners. A mix of tree species that is both resilient to climate change and meets our need for renewable fibers for products that replace fossil materials, Krauthauf explains.
Forest experiences for future generations
For Thomas Krauthauf, forests provide a way to unwind in the middle of a busy life.
– For me, the forest is a place of relaxation and tranquility. What better way of escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life than to go for a walk in the forest, Krauthauf says.
The UPM Forest Action programme has been created to ensure forests will continue to thrive in a changing climate and keep providing shelter, clean water, oxygen, livelihoods, and income in the future as well.
– We have to make sure that the future generations, too, can share this experience – have the ability to enjoy forests, Krauthauf sums up.