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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A burnt clear-cut in Sweden. Photo: Private.

The Guardian: Burning forests for energy isn’t ‘renewable’ – now the EU must admit it

Protect the Forest, Fridays for Future Sweden, Europe Beyond Burning, Sámi activists and other NGOs write in the Guardian (September 5, 2022): The EU’s classification of wood fuels is accelerating the climate crisis. Next week, a key vote can change that. Next week the future of many of the world’s forests will be decided when

Presentations from the Boreal Eco-Forestry Conference

The Boreal Eco-Forestry Conference conference took place online 4-5 april 2022 (see announcement here). It was organised by the Lapland district of the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, in cooperation with Protect the Forest, Sweden. The conference was a part of the Kolarctic CBC project “Adapting management of Barents forests to future climate and economy

En av Stockholms läns artrikaste kalkbarrskogar i Vamby i Norrtälje kommun är nu avverkad. Foto: Privat.

Illegal logging: Unique Swedish calcareous coniferous forest felled in Sweden in violation of the EU Habitats Directive – now another calcareous coniferous forest at risk

One of Stockholm County’s most species-rich calcareous coniferous forests with ground-living fungi was recently logged in Sweden. Calcareous spruce forest is a rare habitat type in need of special areas of conservation, according to the EU Habitats Directive. The logging in Stockholm County may thereby violate the EU Habitats Directive as well as Swedish law.

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