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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Swedish state-owned forest company Sveaskog has logged trees in Hedlandet nature reserve. The timber will be used for energy purposes. Photo: Kristina Bäck.

Leaked EU proposal for biomass reform denounced as dangerous greenwashing by NGOs

Advocates insist on science-based policies to protect forests and the climate A leaked draft previewing potential changes to criteria that qualify forest biomass under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) is just window-dressing, according to NGOs who have been asking the EC for reforms. The groups are asking for the draft to be completely rejected and for forest

A forest road runs through the large and valuable montane forest area in Vilhelmina municipality in northern Sweden. Photo: Jon Andersson.

New Report: Unique natural forest belt at risk

One of the EU’s few remaining old-growth montane forest areas, in the north of Sweden, is at risk. It covers a stretch of 950 km of which many parts are still unprotected. The annual number of applications for permits for final felling in the Swedish montane forest increased by almost 400 % last year. In

Södra Karatj Råvvåive. Foto: Mose Agestam.

Massive support for protecting Karatj-Råvvåive

Six environmental organizations and more than 11,000 people demand that the entire montane old-growth forest of Karatj-Råvvåive is protected as a nature reserve. Four thousand hectares of the area is still unprotected, and parts of the old-growth forest may be felled. The Karatj-Råvvåive forest covers a hundred square kilometers and lies in the Jokkmokk municipality

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

Kalhygge i Norrland

NGOs and indigenous communities to the EU: Protect forests and remove forest biomass from Renewable Energy Directive

Today, on the International Day of Forests, 24 NGOs and 44 indigenous communities send an open letter to the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission and call on them to unite behind the best available science and remove forest biomass from the Renewable Energy Directive. They are also urged to protect EU’s