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.

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

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

European Court of Justice: Sweden failed to protect species

The European Court of Justice announced (4 March 2021) that Sweden has not given sufficient consideration to species covered by the Habitats Directive. Stricter requirements when conducting interventions that affect the natural environment, such as wind turbines, road construction and forestry are now expected. “Protect the Forest Sweden has repeatedly brought this matter forward over