550 scientists in open letter: Reduce logging throughout the EU

550 scientists have sent an open letter urging the EU leadership to reduce logging throughout the EU- to mitigate climate change and the loss of biodiversity. The scientists send the appeal ahead of final Brussels negotiations where EU legislation on renewable energy, forestry and nature restoration until 2030 is to be determined. “Climate-smart forestry is

A burnt clear-cut in Sweden. Photo: Private.

The Guardian: Burning forests for energy isn’t ‘renewable’ – now the EU must admit it

Protect the Forest, Fridays for Future Sweden, Europe Beyond Burning, Sámi activists and other NGOs write in the Guardian (September 5, 2022): The EU’s classification of wood fuels is accelerating the climate crisis. Next week, a key vote can change that. Next week the future of many of the world’s forests will be decided when

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

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

Scientists warn the EU: Burning trees is NOT carbon neutral and subsidies must end

Over 500 scientists are calling on both the EU and the new US administration to end the subsidies for the burning of wood since it is not carbon neutral. Instead they are calling for investments in mechanisms to protect forests as crucial carbon sinks and to prevent biodiversty loss. In a letter, the scientists write to the European Commission,