Potential benefits of afforestation: ​

  1. reduced GHG emissions from soil;​
  2. accumulation of CO2 in living and dead biomass, soil and litter and replacement effect of forest biofuel and harvested wood products; ​
  3. shorter rotation and more intensified management ensures higher yield and replacement effect, as well as reduces carbon losses due to root rot and other disturbances.

The LIFE OrgBalt project aims to implement a wide range of innovative organic soil management measures to demonstrate how these areas can be managed sustainably, taking into account economic, social and climate aspects. 16 project demonstration sites have been established in Latvia and Finland. LIFE OrgBalt studies greenhouse gas emissions from managed organic soils – In total 51 sites are measured – they include all project demonstration sites and reference sites.​