Swedish Forest Policy

Swedish Forest Policy

The Swedish Forest Agency is Sweden’s national authority that is responsible for all forest related matters. The agency endeavours to ensure that Sweden’s forests are managed sustainably and that harvests are abundant, while biodiversity is simultaneously supported. The Swedish Forest Agency also strives to promote increased awareness of the importance of the nation’s forests, and this covers areas such as ecology, economics and outdoor recreation.

The Agency is also responsible for the supervision of compliance with Sweden’s Forest Act, giving advice on matters pertaining to forests, providing services to the forest industry and supporting conservation.

In fact, Swedish forest legislation considers environmental concerns such as conservation to be of equal importance to timber production. The co-operation of forest owners and the state form the cornerstone of Swedish forest policy, and this is viewed as a crucial factor in achieving long term sustainable forestry practices. This is a holistic approach to managing forests with a view to cultural, social, environmental and economic concerns.