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

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).