Sweden is a forest nation
Forests are important to Sweden in several ways. Two thirds of the country’s land surface – or some 28 million hectares - is covered by different types of forests. Of this, some 23 million hectares is considered productive forests. The forest sector’s importance to the national economy is significant. Today, nearly 60 000 persons are directly employed in the country’s forest sector and Sweden is the world’s second largest exporter of pulp, paper and sawn wood products combined. More than 300 000 private individuals own forest land themselves. Family-owned forests represent around 50% of the total forest area and some 60% of the total annual yield. For many other people, the country’s forests are also important - for hunting, for picking berries and mushrooms, for recreation and contemplation.
Forests play a key-role in the development of a sustainable society
Forests also play a central role in sustainable development. Wood fiber as a raw material is renewable, recyclable and neutral when it comes to emissions of carbon dioxide contributing to climate change. Consequently, forests are gaining increasing attention as a resource in relation to ambitions to mitigate climate change and develop more resource- and energy-efficient societies. The Swedish forest industry’s vision is to be a driver in the development of a so called biobased economy, that is, an economy in which fossil raw material is replaced with renewable and recyclable raw materials such as wood fiber. At the same time, a sustainable society is dependent upon well-functioning forest ecosystems which are able to provide us with services such as climate- and water cycle regulation, and recreational experiences. Therefore, these so called forest eco-system services have to be sustained as well.
Forests shall be managed sustainably to provide various benefits
The basic idea in Swedish forest policy and forestry-model is that forests shall be managed to provide economic, ecologic, as well as social benefits. Efficient and sustainable production of wood for different end-uses shall go hand in hand with preservation of valuable ecological- and socio-cultural values. In Sweden, the multi-functional role of forests is safeguarded through regulations on the use of forests across the entire forest area. In addition, land with significant ecological - or other values is protected or the management of such land is adapted.
The standing volume in Swedish forests is increasing
Exploitation of forest resources has a very long history in Sweden. In earlier times, many forests were overexploited for purposes like logging for domestic timber and fuelwood use, cattle grazing, charcoal production for the mining industry, and latterly logging for sawmill- and pulp industries. By the end of the nineteenth century, large areas of forest had actually been depleted. In order to come to terms with this situation, the Swedish Parliament passed the first Forestry Act in 1903, containing provisions which required land owners to replant after forest felling. The trend of depletion was thus reversed. Since the 1920’s (when forest surveys were first initiated), the total standing volume has increased significantly.
The film explains how Swedish forestry is governed to be sustainable. Copyright: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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Publicerad: Tuesday, 9 April, 2019 - 09:18Etiketter: ForestrySCA has acquired Latvian Forest Company’s forest and land assets in Latvia, in total 10 000 hectares. The price is SEK 260 million (€ 26,2 million). / SCALäs mer
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Publicerad: Friday, 22 March, 2019 - 10:39Etiketter: ForestrySingle rooms, thousands of vacancies, sunny location and brand new. To promote natural diversity, Södra is placing 5,500 bee hotels in its members’ forests and gardens. The hotels are designed to accommodate solitary bees and the guests will hopefully move in this spring. / SödraLäs mer
Publicerad: Friday, 15 March, 2019 - 09:17Etiketter: ForestryThe income of the Finnish state forest company Metsähallitus has increased so much that its profit target for this year was raised from EUR 110 million to 150 million. The target is, however, lower than it would be if Metsähallitus carried on ”normal” forestry, which it cannot do because of societal responsibilities that affect the operating result./ Finnish Forest AssociationLäs mer
Publicerad: Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 - 13:49Etiketter: ForestryThe notified area of final felling increased by 18 per cent in February compared with the corresponding month in 2018. Therefore, the trend of increased notifications continues, according to the Swedish Forest Agency's statistics. It is the highest monthly recorded data for the whole country in for February month in the last 12 years. / Swedish Forest AgencyLäs mer
Share of endangered species of forest species remains the same – tens of species have benefited from forest nature managementPublicerad: Monday, 11 March, 2019 - 13:39Etiketter: ForestryForest nature management efforts have not been in vain, as is shown by a fresh assessment of endangered species in Finland. Endangered species on forest habitats are coping better than those in other habitats, and the problem of forest endangeredness focuses on very small areas. / Finnish Forest AssociationLäs mer
Ahlstrom-Munksjö coated products extends their product line of Aerobak™ liners for advanced compositesPublicerad: Monday, 11 March, 2019 - 11:33Etiketter: ForestryAhlstrom-Munksjö’s North America Specialty Solutions Coated Products team announced today an extension to their brand of release liners used in the manufacture of Advanced Composites. In collaboration with our suppliers and customers, the product was designed with specific properties and performance characteristics to meet the challenges encountered with low tack prepregs and demanding ATL processes. This new line of products represents years of development and experience addressing the constant evolution of products used for the aerospace composite segment. / Ahlstrom-MunksjöLäs mer
Publicerad: Friday, 8 March, 2019 - 10:12Etiketter: ForestryGazetted document and Forestry South Africa's comments on the National Forests Amendment Bill. Of major concern is that, despite the concerns we raised in our initial submission, the latest Bill still states that the State is the trustee of the nation's forestry resources". / Forestry South AfricaLäs mer
Publicerad: Wednesday, 6 March, 2019 - 15:39Etiketter: ForestryThe positive results for Södra’s consideration follow-ups have continued, according to the company’s Green Balance Sheet report. Both regeneration harvests and thinning operations have maintained continued high levels despite a year of extraordinary weather conditions. At the same time, the concentration of considerations has reached new heights with a result of 98 percent for approved sites, the highest score to date. / SödraLäs mer