MELA program and production possibilities of Finnish forests
MELA is a forest decision support system tool generated for Finnish conditions for solving such problems as
what are the production potentials of forests and how to manage forests to meet the overall goals of
the society and/or an individual forest owner.
MELA program was initially developed in the 1970's to analyze the regional and
national level wood production potentials based on the sample plot and tree data
collected in the national forest inventory. Since 1970's MELA has been utilized
for calculating timber production analysis based on the 8th (1986-1994),
9th (1996-2003), 10th (2004-2008), 11th (2009-2013) and on the 12th (2014-2018)
national forest inventories e.g. for the composition of the Forest 2000 Programme (1986),
National Forest Programme 2010 (1999) and 2015 (2008), National Forest Strategy 2025
(2015), Impact assessments of then Energy and Climate strategy (Koljonen et al. 2017),
development of emissions and sinks in the LULUCF sector (Aakkula et al. 2019,
Koljonen et al. 2020) and several Regional Forest Programmes. MELA NFI-results have
been applied also e.g. for composition the report of the committee for financing
forest protection and employment (1996), for evaluation the effects of Finnish
biodiversity program (2004), for evaluation the cutting possibilities of the
private forests owners beyond the tax reform (2005) and for evaluation the
effects of the changes of timber management recommendations (2006, 2009).
Recently MELA NFI-results are applied also for the greenhouse gas reporting.
MELA program is in use also in practical forest planning, e.g. in the
Forest Service, in forest companies and in the organizations of the non-industrial
private forest owners.
MELA team maintains and improves the MELA program for versatile forest analyses.
In the MELA Internet Service e.g. in the MELA Summary reports one can find out estimates for
cutting possibilities and development of forest based on the most recent NFI data.
Felling potential estimates