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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IKEA is lying to the public and to its customers

“IKEA does not use wood from intact old-growth forests” we can read on a sign at IKEA’s stores. This is a blatant lie. The non-governmental environmental organization Protect the Forest Sweden has gone to Russian Karelia and documented how IKEA clear-cuts ancient old-growth forests which have been identified as intact by Russian conservation specialists. Here

Make your voice heard, send a letter to IKEA – Swedwood!

BackgroundNorthern Europe had, until recently, large intact areas of old-growth forest. Remnants of these forests are located in a horseshoe shape running along the Scandes mountains in Norway and Sweden, up to the Lapp regions of northern Finland, and then to northwestern Russia. But today only a small part of Fennoscandia’s old-growth forests remain. In

Russian forest expert about IKEA

Protect the Forest has sent a cross-section of a 400-year-old tree from one of IKEA’s clear-cuts to IKEA’s head office in Sweden, along with a copy of the interview and a list of our demands. Photo: Daniel Rutschman Russian conservation expert confirms the criticism of IKEA’s logging in Russian Karelia The environmental organization Protect the

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Interview with Russian forest ecologists about IKEA

Russian forest ecologist confirms criticism Questions about the Karelian forests and IKEA/Swedwood Interview with Alexander Markovsky, head of SPOK – the regional nature conservation organization in Karelia. Protect the Forest, Sweden: When IKEA and Swedwood are criticized for their logging of forests with high conservation values in Russian Karelia, they often respond with lies. At