Protect the Forest - now!

Forest ecosystems cover 70% of Swedish land. Natural forests store large amounts of carbon, they affect the climate, clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. Forests are also home to a myriad of lifeforms and they are the foundation for ecosystem functions that we depend on.

Climate and Forest

The natural forests of the world play a key role in stabilising the climate. Clearcuts and the paper industry cause enormous emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Biodiversity

Forests are the largest land-based ecosystem in Sweden hosting a rich biodiversity. But forest plants, fungi and animals are all threatened by intensive forestry.

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Multi-use of forest resources

A healthy forest ecosystem is the foundation for humans to thrive as long as it is managed within the local ecosystem boundaries.

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Reply to Vattenfall: Vattenfall seems to live in a fantasy world

This is a translation of an article published as a reply to Vattenfall in Swedish daily paper Aftonbladet on April 28. Of course, fossil fuels must be phased out immediately – that is a part of our demands to Vattenfall. It is wrong and distasteful of Vattenfall to suggest otherwise.  However, the science and the

Twelve environmental organisations to the European Commission: Ministers ignore scientific evidence in their lobby letter to the Commission

In January, several ministers from various EU member states, including Sweden’s Minister for Energy and Digital Development, Khashayar Farmanbar, sent a letter to the European Commission about bioenergy’s role in order to mitigate climate change. Twelve environmental organisations from the same member states as the ministers are now sending an open letter stating that the burning of forest biomass should not be included in

The Swedish state-owned forest company Sveaskog has clear-cut a large forest area, important for Laitavaara Sámi reindeer district in the north of Sweden. Photo: Marcus Westberg.

Sweden’s unsustainable forestry exposed at forest program’s annual conference

Last week (on the 14th of February) the Swedish Forest Program’s annual conference took place. The conference gave stakeholders opportunities to reflect about Swedish forestry and how it is affected by the EU. Criticism is raised by Protect the Forest Sweden: ‘It is evident that Swedish forestry is not sustainable’.  Both the Swedish Minister for

Protect the Forest’s Lina Burnelius on COP26: “Do not listen to Sweden!”

Global attention tends to focus on the loss of tropical rainforests while the logging of carbon-rich primary and older forests in Canada, Russia and Sweden often is overlooked. Lina Burnelius, project leader and international coordinator at Protect the Forest, participated in a panel during the COP26 in Glasgow organized by Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC). 

Unbelievable that SCA is planning to log unique pine forest

The Swedish forest company SCA wants to manage and log parts of a rare post-fire naturally regenerated pine forest with high conservation values and red-listed species at Stor-Mullberget in the province of Härjdedalen in Sweden. In a letter to SCA, two Swedish NGOs write that SCA’s planned measures are in conflict with both environmental objectives