Long-term approach to sustainable forestry

Sveaskog has adopted a long-term approach to sustainable forestry. This approach is based on an ambition to be at the forefront in Sweden of the EU-wide strategy for biodiversity.

The approach is intended to enable Sveaskog to combine a continued high level and secure supply of timber with major efforts to increase biodiversity. We want to make a strong contribution to the achievement of Sweden’s environmental goals, the goals of the Paris Agreement and the EU’s biodiversity goals. Our actions aim to increase biodiversity and strengthen the resilience of forest land to climate impacts. 

When we at Sveaskog began work on our new approach in winter 2020, one of our starting points was that the threat to the world’s biodiversity is just as acute as the climate threat, and that climate conservation actions cannot be prioritised ahead of actions to promote biodiversity. A forest area where biodiversity is weakened is also more vulnerable to climate change. 

Like other forestry companies, Sveaskog may come up against problems caused by rising temperatures. Examples of such problems include increased storm damage, drought, increased insect infestation, decay, difficulties with germination in regeneration and more species of cloven-hoofed game migrating further north. Sveaskog has to adapt the forest to climate change and take actions to promote biodiversity. There are no alternatives. 

As a first step, Sveaskog has decided to take the following actions in three different parts of the forest landscape over the next five years: the managed forests, the water in the forest and the high conservation value forests. These actions aim to help achieve national and EU-wide climate and biodiversity goals.