Forestation as a climate act divides opinions. Inadequately executed forestation attempts can be costly both from the ecological and from the economic standpoint. Questions have arisen especially regarding securing food supply. Nonetheless, forestation is a very concrete act to control the climate change, so it interests both researchers and forest owners. According to a study conducted by the Natural Resources Institute Finland, increasing forestation is justifiable from the point of view of the climate objectives of the land use sector, even if its effects are relatively small in comparison to forests’ total carbon sink.
The automatic recognition of sites suitable for forestation has been tested in the framework of Bitcomp’s development projects. The Finnish Forest Centre and the Natural Resources Institute Finland have also started a national project aiming to produce information on how Finland’s carbon sinks can be increased with forestation of marsh bases and lowly profitable or currently unused agricultural land.
Forest owners find forestation an interesting option for storing carbon dioxide. In a survey conducted by the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, 49% of forest owners thought that the forestation of wasteland is a tempting option for increasing carbon storages on their own land. So, locating areas fit for forestation could also have real business potential.