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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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90 examples of how SCA systematically clear-cuts natural forests with high conservation values

Protect the Forest has collected 90 examples of how the FSC-certified forestry company SCA systematically logs and plans to log natural forests with high conservation values, mainly in Västernorrland and Jämtland counties, Sweden. However, the number of unreported cases is high and many more forests with high conservation values are planned for logging by SCA.

Demonstration outside the SCA’s headquarters in Sundsvall, Sweden. Photo: Fridays For Future.

Demonstration outside SCA’s headquarters: SCA must stop logging natural forests!

Yesterday, about 45 people from several organizations demonstrated against SCA’s logging of forests outside the company’s headquarters in Sundsvall, Sweden. Protect the Forest, Fridays for Future Sweden, Skogsvärn Näsåker, Greenpeace and The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation demand that SCA stops its systematic felling of forests with high conservation values. “We are protesting against SCA’s

Are the European Commission’s guidelines for Closer-to-Nature Forestry opening up for a Trojan horse?

In 2023, the European Commission published guidelines on Closer-to-Nature Forest Management (CNF), which are the result of a consultation process with various stakeholders. Protect the Forest Sweden welcome the general principles of CNF, which we find to be well formulated in the EC’s document, with good scientific references. But unfortunately, the guidelines for the boreal

Research trip 2023: Threatened forests with high conservation values ​​in eastern Jämtland must be protected!

Four threatened forest areas with high conservation values ​​in the border areas between the counties of Jämtland and Västernorrland in Sweden were examined this summer during the Research Trip. The participants did over 3,500 findings of nature conservation species, i.e. species that indicate high conservation values ​​or are threatened, partly in forest planned for felling.

Den fridlysta och sårbara orkidén knärot (VU) växer i en av de mindre avverkningsanmälda skogarna norr om sjön Risten. Enligt Artskyddsförordningen är det förbjudet att skada knäroten. Arten är känslig för  förändringar i luftfuktighet och överlever inte den genomblåsning och uttorkning som blir följden av avverkning. Foto: Privat.

Södra is planning to log forest in proposed nature-reserve in Östergötland

The forestry company Södra is planning to log four small areas in a proposed nature reserve north of Lake Risten in Åtvidaberg municipality, Östergötland. The NGO the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation in Östergötland, appealed the Swedish Forest Agency‘s non-decision regarding the logging notifications to the Land and Environmental Court. Now the court rejects the