For the next six months, Sweden, one of the EU’s most forested countries, holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). This comes at a time when the EU is discussing several forest related files. To consider what this may mean for forests and forest policies, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and Fern have teamed up to organise an event ‘Insights into Sweden's forests’ on 1 March 2023 (details below).
This event was an opportunity to hear from people whose livelihoods depend on forests, including Swedish foresters and leaders from the Indigenous Sami communities.
- Welcome - Karin Lexén, Secretary General, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
- The state of biodiversity in Sweden's forests - Malin Sahlin, Policy Officer Boreal forest, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
- Sweden’s Indigenous Peoples and their relationship with forests - Anja Fjellgren Walkeapää, Reindeer Herder
- Views from a forest owner - Martin Jentzen, Forest Engineer
- Views on Swedish Forestry by Professor Sten B. Nilsson, CEO, Forest Sector Insight
- Reactions from Pär Holmgren, MEP Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, and Emma Wiesner, and Michael Wiezik both of the MEP Renew Europe Group
- Reactions from Ion Codescu, Head of Unit Land Use and Management, DG Environment, European Commission
- Closing remarks
A summary of the event can be found here.