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Building the Bioeconomy Together

The seminar on the bioeconomy that took place in Brussels in mid-November included many interesting conversations and topics. All member organisations of the Forest Coalition, that Future of Forestry is a part of, agree that developing the bioeconomy is an important part of the solution – for the planet as…
Jana Lundin
November 28, 2023
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The forest – an important part of the world economy

Five European countries account for approximately 75 percent of the EU's total production of sawn wood. Swedish exports alone correspond to 15 percent of the other EU countries' combined production of sawn timber. Globally, Sweden represents ten percent of the global export value of sawn wood, corresponding to a value…
Jana Lundin
October 3, 2023
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The Future is Made of Wood

https://youtu.be/8YvD73_u7PE Skyscrapers, batteries, windows, plastics, electric transistors, even satellites, can be made with wood and wood by-products. And yet science and industry are only starting to explore the benefits of using wood instead of fossil-based materials. Inspired by the developments in wood research, innovation and construction we put together short…
Bjorn
July 19, 2023
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All forests are different

What’s the difference between a natural forest, a production forest and non-productive forest land? We have met Per Simonsson, nature conservation specialist and forest ecologist, who told us more about the forest types in Sweden.In Sweden, there are 27,9 million hectares of forest land of which 23,5 million hectares of productive…
Jana Lundin
June 8, 2023
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Building the bio-economy is important for the future of Europe

The forests of Europe is a key factor in making the European circular bio-economy a reality. The potential of forest raw materials to replace fossil-based materials is an important part of Europe’s strength, resilience, and self-sufficiency. Developing the forestry sector by respecting environmental objectives is a pan-european effort, involving all…
Bjorn
April 5, 2023
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Private forest owners bring diversity to the forest

There are close to 320,000 private forest owners in Sweden, and together they own about half of the productive forest land. For these 320,000 private forest owners, the forest is an important part of their everyday life – it’s where they live, take walks, pick mushrooms, and hunt – all…
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December 11, 2022
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Environmental care in Swedish forestry

In Sweden, the current Forestry Act was adopted in 1993, changing the conditions of how forestry is conducted. A monumental change was the fact that environmental care and production goals became equally prioritised, an important decision that strengthened environmental practices in forestry. The new Forestry Act also gave forest owners…
admin
December 11, 2022
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The forest industry cycle

Forests and forestry mean a lot to Sweden’s society and economy. The forest industry cycle also contributes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, for the sake of the climate. The forest industry enables us to build wooden houses, decorate these houses with wooden furniture and buy milk in cartons produced from…
admin
December 11, 2022
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Forest fertilisation a better climate measure than permanent offsets

Research from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency shows that forest fertilisation has bigger climate benefits than permanent protection of forests. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency was commissioned by the Swedish government to analyse and present proposals for political instruments to increase the uptake of carbon dioxide in the forest. Peichen…
admin
October 11, 2022
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Are satellites enough to measure the forest?

In June 2021, a study published in Nature claimed that the felling of forests in Sweden had increased dramatically, something that later turned out not to be true. The statement was met with great criticism and was rejected by, among others, the Swedish Forest Agency and SLU. The study, which…
Bjorn
May 19, 2022
ArticlesFilmsNews

The forest – an important part of the world economy

Five European countries account for approximately 75 percent of the EU's total production of sawn wood. Swedish exports alone correspond to 15 percent of the other EU countries' combined production of sawn timber. Globally, Sweden represents ten percent of the global export value of sawn wood, corresponding to a value…
Jana Lundin
October 3, 2023
ArticlesFilms

The Future is Made of Wood

https://youtu.be/8YvD73_u7PE Skyscrapers, batteries, windows, plastics, electric transistors, even satellites, can be made with wood and wood by-products. And yet science and industry are only starting to explore the benefits of using wood instead of fossil-based materials. Inspired by the developments in wood research, innovation and construction we put together short…
Bjorn
July 19, 2023
ArticlesFilmsNews

All forests are different

What’s the difference between a natural forest, a production forest and non-productive forest land? We have met Per Simonsson, nature conservation specialist and forest ecologist, who told us more about the forest types in Sweden.In Sweden, there are 27,9 million hectares of forest land of which 23,5 million hectares of productive…
Jana Lundin
June 8, 2023
ArticlesFilms

Private forest owners bring diversity to the forest

There are close to 320,000 private forest owners in Sweden, and together they own about half of the productive forest land. For these 320,000 private forest owners, the forest is an important part of their everyday life – it’s where they live, take walks, pick mushrooms, and hunt – all…
admin
December 11, 2022
ArticlesFilms

Environmental care in Swedish forestry

In Sweden, the current Forestry Act was adopted in 1993, changing the conditions of how forestry is conducted. A monumental change was the fact that environmental care and production goals became equally prioritised, an important decision that strengthened environmental practices in forestry. The new Forestry Act also gave forest owners…
admin
December 11, 2022
ArticlesFilms

The forest industry cycle

Forests and forestry mean a lot to Sweden’s society and economy. The forest industry cycle also contributes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, for the sake of the climate. The forest industry enables us to build wooden houses, decorate these houses with wooden furniture and buy milk in cartons produced from…
admin
December 11, 2022
Films

Are satellites enough to measure the forest?

In June 2021, a study published in Nature claimed that the felling of forests in Sweden had increased dramatically, something that later turned out not to be true. The statement was met with great criticism and was rejected by, among others, the Swedish Forest Agency and SLU. The study, which…
admin
December 11, 2022
Films

Forestry in practice – from felling to forest management

This is part 2 of the series about how Kopparfors Skogar, a forest company in Sweden, works with modern forestry. We meet Moa Widman, forest protection manager, and Per Mellström, forest protection leader, who take over after felling. They show how the planting of trees works, and how they take…
admin
December 11, 2022
Films

Forestry in practice – from planning to felling

There are many opinions about modern forestry. To get a better understanding of how Swedish forestry works we get to follow the work of Kopparfors Skogar, a forest company in the middle parts of Sweden. We meet Per Eriksson, forest planner, and Ida Heurlin, nature conservation manager, who take us…
admin
December 11, 2022
Films

Protected forest in Sweden and Germany

Watch the English version of the film about protected forest in Sweden and Germany. Today, European countries use very different practices when reporting protected forests. This makes it impossible to make fair comparisons between countries. The film explains the difference between Sweden and Germany when it comes to reporting protected…
admin
December 11, 2022
ArticlesFilms

Forest fertilisation a better climate measure than permanent offsets

Research from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency shows that forest fertilisation has bigger climate benefits than permanent protection of forests. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency was commissioned by the Swedish government to analyse and present proposals for political instruments to increase the uptake of carbon dioxide in the forest. Peichen…
admin
October 11, 2022
ArticlesFilmsNews

Are satellites enough to measure the forest?

In June 2021, a study published in Nature claimed that the felling of forests in Sweden had increased dramatically, something that later turned out not to be true. The statement was met with great criticism and was rejected by, among others, the Swedish Forest Agency and SLU. The study, which…
Bjorn
May 19, 2022

70

of Sweden’s land surface is covered by forest, the largest proportion of forested area in the EU

50

million tonnes

in CO2 emissions reduction thanks to products made from forest raw material

150

billion Swedish kronor

Total export value (2019)

26

Sweden is among the world’s countries with the greatest share of protected forest, with 26 per cent of our forest protected from forestry

High percentage of privately owned forest land in Sweden

Individual forest owners

50%

Private companies

26%

Other private owners

6%

We account for close to 18 per cent of the EU’s 159 million hectares of forest land. Together with Finland, our collective share is nearly

32

Reports

Status report on the Swedish forest

Sweden’s land area is covered by forest. It has made Sweden’s journey possible from poverty to success. Exports of forest-based products provided revenues that were used to build society and develop processing chains with increasingly efficient production and, eventually, new revenue streams. The importance of having an industry that forms…
admin
March 6, 2023
Reports

Sweden protects more forests than is reported

The Future of Forestry has produced a report that describes the difference between how Sweden and Germany report protected forests. The report shows that Sweden and Germany define protected nature in different ways. Sweden stands out with a very strict interpretation of what is considered protected. The majority of the…
admin
June 22, 2022