The International Day of Forests is initiated by the UN to raise awareness about forests and trees. This year’s theme is “Forest and climate change”. Several environmental organizations including Protect the Forest demand that EU’s ministers and leaders make decisions against burning forest for energy. Unfortunately, there is little awareness of protecting forests for the sake of the climate and for biodiversity in Sweden, instead it is going in the opposite direction: Felling notifications in Sweden increased by 32 percent in February 2023, according to the Swedish Forest Agency.
In September 2022, the EU Parliament voted on a change to the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)- to slow down deforestation. Although the Parliament’s decision was far from perfect, it is a step in the right direction to protect forests from energy use.
EU negotiations are underway, but Sweden is undermining the decision
The final negotiations between the EU Parliament, the EU Commission and the EU member states regarding the directive on renewable energy are currently underway. Sweden holds the presidency of the EU and is doing everything they can, with the support of other member states, to undermine the EU Parliament’s vote and continue with “business as usual”, i.e. logging. Right now fellings are increasing in Sweden, according to the Swedish Forestry Agency: “New statistics from the Forestry Agency show that the area notified to be felled in February was 32 percent larger than in February 2022. The area in the application for a permit for logging in mountain forests was more than four times as large as the same month last year.”
Today, during the International Forestry Day, several environmental organizations are tweeting to influence negotiations on renewable energy in the EU. Protect the Forest is with us, Twitter: https://twitter.com/skyddaskogen/status/1638102373707968513?s=20
Here are some current examples of forests with high conservation values that are threatened or have already been cut down. These are just a few examples, there are many more that have been logged or are planned to be logged: