The Forest Festival is an exciting cultural event and the largest meeting place for non-profit forest conservation in the Nordic region. The festival is a manifestation for the protection of the old-growth forest and for a reformation of the forestry, with concerts, film, theater, dance and poetry. Lectures will be held about conservation, climate, nature-oriented forestry, forest history and ecology. Most of the lectures will be held in Swedish, but some will be in English. Guided nature tours, field trips and many exciting workshops on culture, health and nature. The programme is eventful for both adults and children.

Read more about the Forest Festival here: http://www.skogsfestivalen.org/2010/

Some of the participants during the Forest Festival 2010:

Bengt Gunnar Jonsson, Professor, Plant Ecology, Mid Sweden Uniersity, Sundsvall.

Heidi Paltto, Ph.D., Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala.

Lutz Fähser, Ph.D., Forester in Lübeck, Germany.

Stig-Olof Holm, Ph.D., Umeå University/Protect the Forest.

Jery Skoglund, Ph.D., former at Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala.

Anders Dahlberg, Swedish Species Information Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala.

Martin Jentzen, Professional Forester, Silvaskog AB.

Anders Delin, Nature conservationist, Protect the Forest, Järbo.

Mats Karström, Nature conservationist (Steget före/"One Step Ahead"), Jokkmokk.

Malin Sahlin, Forest campaigner, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC).

Sebastian Kirppu, Nature conservationist, Granberget.

Martin Hallberg Åkerberg, Bird expert, Protect the Forest, Glanshammar.

Stefan Holmgren, Volunteer coordinator, Greenpeace Nordic.

Polticical debate about the Swedish forest and the forest policy with Members of the Swedish Parliament (the debate will be held in Swedish)






Esbjörn Hazelius - virtuos irländsk violinist, svensk folksångare och strängkonstnär.


Morgan Lee - An artist based in Stockholm who plays indie-country-pop.


The Wait

One Step

Vildhjärta (Wild heart), artist Maria Westerberg, Protct the Forest, Brunskog

Josefin Wikström, Bollywood dance workshop

Rebecca Lindahl, Artist, Stockholm

Fair trade, Örebro






Organizers: Swedish Society for Nature Conservation in Örebro, Protect the Forest and Hjärtats Eko (Echo of the Heart). The Festival is supported by Hopajola and the Regional Council in Örebro County.

"The Swedish forestry industry organization Skogsindustrierna, where the companies Sveaskog, Stora Enso, SCA and Holmen skog are members, have published a website: protectedforests.com, with a map of what they claim is protected forest in Sweden. On the website they claim that as much as 25% of the Swedish forest are protected, and they also claim that Swedish forestry is environmentally sustainable. The organization Protect the Forest has examined the map and the published statistics, and the conclusion is that the campaign is simply a bluff."

Read more here

Intensified forestry – is that as climate smart and environmentally friendly as the forest industry claims? Or will the growing pressure on the world's forest ecosystems have devastating consequences? According to the report “Climate and boreal forests”, initiated by Swedish nature conservation organization Protect the Forest, protection of boreal old-growth forests is crucial to mitigate climate change.

The Swedish forestry model, which includes clear-cutting methods and plantation forestry, is heavily promoted internationally by the Swedish forest industry and the Swedish government, with the pretext to solve the global climate problem. The report “Climate and boreal forests” reveals that the promoted methods are not in accordance with recent scientific research. 

“The Swedish forest industry is misleading the international climate negotiations,” said Amanda Tas, Secretary, Protect the Forest. “The industry has vested interests and adjusts its rhetorics to the current climate debate. Studies show that forest management activities accelerate greenhouse gas emissions, especially when boreal old-growth forests are clear-cut.”

The report “Climate and boreal forests” is intended to inform international decision makers about current and up-to-date research regarding the relationship between forests and the climate.

“The importance of the boreal old-growth forests has so far been ignored in the international climate debate,” said dr. Stig-Olof Holm, Protect the Forest. “This has to change. The felling of natural and old-growth forests must be stopped globally to safeguard biodiversity and mitigate climate change. We must have international treaties that safeguard the existence of pristine, natural and old-growth forests, including the boreal forests. This needs to be developed and put into force immediately.”

The report “Climate and boreal forests” can be downloaded here

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Tas, Secretary, Protect the Forest,

+ 46 76 76 13 533; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stig-Olof Holm, Ph.D. Ecology, Board Member, Protect the Forest,

+ 46 90 78 65 546; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Global Forest Coalition: In March 2010, the European Commission launched an EU-wide consultation to find out whether the EU should increase its efforts to protect forests under a changing climate.

The main challenges facing Europe’s forests were set out in a Green Paper on forest protection and climate change.

The Global Forest Coalition formulated a response to this Green Paper, in which it says the Green Paper is a missed opportunity and contains several flawed assumptions:

• The Green Paper uses a flawed definition of forests, which does not distinguish between real forests and industrial tree plantations. The latter, commonly of non-native trees, harm biodiversity, the freshwater cycle and soils.

• Assumptions about logging, fire prevention and carbon sequestration favour greater logging and forest exploitation, especially for bioenergy. This creates the impression that what is good for bioenergy industry is also good for forests, whereas the opposite is true.

• More logging and plantations in Europe are envisioned to meet the new, fast-growing demand for bioenergy. This will also lead to more import of wood. The EU Green Paper fails to look at the impact which this massive demand, directly or indirectly – will have on forests and forest-dependent people in the Global South.

In general, The Global Forest Coalition is deeply concerned that pressures on European forests as well as forests worldwide are increasing significantly due to the EU's support for large-scale wood-based bioenergy. It says the EU should abolish the 10% renewable energy for transport target and stop subsidizing large-scale wood-based bioenergy. It also calls for a reduced demand for wood.

Read the full response here.

Parts of the last intact wilderness area of north-west Europe stretches along the Swedish mountain chain. These large forests have still not been affected by the modern clear-cut forestry. The montane forest in Sweden has unique natural values. Most of the country's natural forests have been replaced by the industrialized forestry’s biologically impoverished plantations. The Swedish natural heritage is threatened as clear-cut forestry conducted by forest companies continues to expand into these areas.

At the moment, one of the last unprotected old-growth forest areas in Sweden, situated on the border to the montane region in the municipality of Jokkmokk, is being documented. The documentation of Karats Råvvåive Wilderness Area is conducted by several Swedish environmental organizations with the aim to highlight the urgent threat to the area.

Karats Råvvåive Wilderness Area covers more than ten thousand hectares of unprotected nature. Karats Råvvåive is to a large extent located where there are no roads and the area borders in the west and east to existing protected areas. A large number of threatened species exist in the area.

”We have done field inventories in the area since 2008 and been in continuous contact with the Swedish state, highlighting the natural values of the area," said Linda Ellegaard Nordström, Protect the Forest. “Since the Swedish government has reduced the funding for forest protection, the regional authorities have not been able to protect Karats Råvvåive formally.”

By the end of October 2009 the forest company SCA logged about 50 hectares of old-growth forest in the southern part of Karats Råvvåive Wilderness Area. SCA purchased logging rights of the private landowner and felled the forest, even though SCA had been informed about the endangered species living in the forest. At the moment, at least another 100 hectares is urgently threatened by logging.

“So far, over 1000 findings of over 50 different red-listed species have been made in the area," said Daniel Rutschman, Secretary, Protect the Forest. “It is outrageous that the state does not protect this valuable natural heritage. Each year, more and more of the area disappears. It is time for the state to take its responsibility.”

The inventories are conducted by Nature and Youth in Sweden, Protect the Forest and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation in Jokkmokk.

For more information, please contact:

Linda Ellegaard Nordström, Protect the Forest, +46 70 25 41 148
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Daniel Rutschman, Secretary, Protect the Forest, +46 76 11 28 826
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Photographs from Karats Råvvåive wilderness area:

Image 1: Forest activists taking a rest on the fallen trunk a fivehundered
old pine in Karats Råvvåive.
Photo: Daniel Rutschman
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Image 2: Ancient pine in the Karats Råvvåive wilderness.
Photo: Linda Ellegaard Nordström
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Image 3: Old-growth forest with
endangered species logged in 2009 by
multinational pulp company SCA.
Photo: Daniel Rutschman
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