The Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs, Sven-Erik Bucht, forestry researchers and timber industry representatives was visiting Brazil this week to promote the so-called ‘sustainable’ Swedish model of forestry and their vision of bio-economy. However, according to leading environmental scientists and the Swedish environmental movement, the Swedish model of forestry is far from sustainable. The Swedish organization Protect the Forest warns Brazil that an adoption of (or inspiration from) the Swedish model of forestry risk having detrimental consequences for the climate and biodiversity due to its principal concept of clear-cutting natural forests and replacing them with artificial monoculture plantations and young industrial tree stands with only one or two tree species. Brazil is already losing large areas to deforestation and illegal logging, the Swedish forestry model is not the solution to these problems.

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