Intensified forestry – is that as climate smart and environmentally friendly as the forest industry claims? Or will the growing pressure on the world’s forest ecosystems have devastating consequences? According to the report “Climate and boreal forests”, initiated by Swedish nature conservation organization Protect the Forest, protection of boreal old-growth forests is crucial to mitigate climate change.

The Swedish forestry model, which includes clear-cutting methods and plantation forestry, is heavily promoted internationally by the Swedish forest industry and the Swedish government, with the pretext to solve the global climate problem. The report “Climate and boreal forests” reveals that the promoted methods are not in accordance with recent scientific research. 

“The Swedish forest industry is misleading the international climate negotiations,” said Amanda Tas, Secretary, Protect the Forest. “The industry has vested interests and adjusts its rhetorics to the current climate debate. Studies show that forest management activities accelerate greenhouse gas emissions, especially when boreal old-growth forests are clear-cut.”

The report “Climate and boreal forests” is intended to inform international decision makers about current and up-to-date research regarding the relationship between forests and the climate.

“The importance of the boreal old-growth forests has so far been ignored in the international climate debate,” said dr. Stig-Olof Holm, Protect the Forest. “This has to change. The felling of natural and old-growth forests must be stopped globally to safeguard biodiversity and mitigate climate change. We must have international treaties that safeguard the existence of pristine, natural and old-growth forests, including the boreal forests. This needs to be developed and put into force immediately.”

The report “Climate and boreal forests” can be downloaded here

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Tas, Secretary, Protect the Forest,

+ 46 76 76 13 533; amanda.tas@skyddaskogen.se

Stig-Olof Holm, Ph.D. Ecology, Board Member, Protect the Forest,

+ 46 90 78 65 546; postmaster@skyddaskogen.se