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
Publicerad: Wednesday, 12 February, 2020 - 16:59Etiketter: ForestryThe total area forest owners notified for final felling in January continues the last months general decline and was 27 per cent lower compared to the same period last year. The largest decline was in region Northern Sweden where it decreased by 40 per cent. / Swedish Forest AgencyLäs mer
Publicerad: Wednesday, 12 February, 2020 - 16:30Etiketter: ForestryThe spruce bark beetle has rampaged through the forests of southern Sweden, affecting many forest owners. In response, Holmen has developed an analytical tool, based on satellite images and artificial intelligence, showing actual damage on a map. Now, the forest company’s private wood suppliers can access one of these maps. A service that Holmen is first to come up with. / HolmenLäs mer
Publicerad: Tuesday, 11 February, 2020 - 15:33Etiketter: ForestryTotal stocks of coniferous sawlogs, pulpwood and chips are estimated to have reached 9.5 million cubic metres as of December 31, 2019. This is an increase of 15 percent since the previous year. We haven't seen such large volumes in stock at year-end since 2008. / Swedish Forest AgencyLäs mer
Metsä Board’s leadership in water stewardship, forest management and supplier engagement on climate change is recognised by CDPPublicerad: Thursday, 6 February, 2020 - 10:56Etiketter: ForestryCDP, an international non-profit organisation, has again acknowledged Metsä Board, part of the Metsä Group. Metsä Board scored A- both in the CDP’s Water and Forest programmes. In addition, Metsä Board scored A- in CDP’s Supplier Engagement Rating, which assesses the companys’ actions in managing fossil carbon dioxide emissions and in engaging supply chain to mitigate climate change. Earlier this year Metsä Board was nominated on the CDP Climate A List for the fourth consecutive year. / Metsä BoardLäs mer
Publicerad: Monday, 3 February, 2020 - 13:32Etiketter: ForestryKangaroo Island Plantation Timber’s (KIPT) managing director John Sergeant is disappointed that the island’s mayor Michael Pengilly is criticizing the timber industry rather than working with it to create that future. Mr Sergeant was commenting on an item on the ABC’s Landline program at the weekend where Mr Pengilly said that he could find “99% of the island’s population who don’t want forestry here” and repeated his claims that the plantations were to blame for the ferocity of the recent fires. / TimberbizLäs mer
Publicerad: Thursday, 30 January, 2020 - 17:18Etiketter: ForestrySCA has performed a new forest survey in 2019. According to the new survey, SCA’s standing timber volume is 11 million cubic metres (m3fo 1) higher than previously estimated. The survey also shows that the annual growth is 1 million cubic metres higher than the previous estimate. / SCALäs mer
Publicerad: Thursday, 30 January, 2020 - 13:19Etiketter: ForestryAfter just over seven years as President and CEO, Lars Idermark has informed the Board that he will be leaving Södra. The Board will now initiate a recruitment process for a new President and CEO. / SödraLäs mer
Publicerad: Thursday, 30 January, 2020 - 11:59Etiketter: ForestrySouth Buchan logging contractor Reece Reynolds has been putting in 11-hour days to help contain the fires which continue to threaten East Gippsland. He is one of many forestry contractors who have put their machines to work around the clock in the effort to clear roads, remove hazardous trees and black out smouldering fires. / TimberbizLäs mer
Publicerad: Thursday, 30 January, 2020 - 11:55Etiketter: ForestryChina is looking for solutions to opening up its forests to commercial use. Professor Guangzhe Liu brought his students to Joensuu, as he believes that expertise in sustainable forestry is strong in Finland. / Finnish Forest AssociationLäs mer
Publicerad: Thursday, 23 January, 2020 - 16:08Etiketter: ForestryA project to expand FSC certified teak and UTZ certified cocoa plantations in the rural Siuna and Bonanza regions of Nicaragua scores exceptionally high points in Finnfund’s development impact assessment. The high score is based on the project’s contribution to carbon capture, protection of fauna and curbing deforestation as well as the various social impacts, such as proper jobs, improved income for local smallholders and equal opportunities for women. / FinnfundLäs mer