Researchers file petition to preserve Norwegian old-growth forests
A total of 167 researchers from various institutions have launched a call to action for the preservation of old-growth forests in Norway.
“The lack of documentation and significant annual logging in old-growth forests can lead to irreversible losses of biological, geological, and landscape diversity in Norwegian forests if more comprehensive mapping is not implemented in the near future,” the press release states (link in Norwegian).
The researchers have asked the Norwegian government to conduct a mapping of the last old-growth forests by the end of 2025.
They want the mapping to be made available to the public through Naturbase or a similar open, digital service.
“The Storting has already adopted goals for preserving biological, geological, and landscape diversity in forests, but we in the academic communities see that an immediate completion of documentation and mapping is necessary to be able to follow up on the goals in practice,” they further write.
Translated by Alette Bjordal Gjellesvik