Stora Enso launches biodiversity program for its own forests in Sweden

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Stora Enso launched a comprehensive biodiversity program and related targets for its land holdings in Sweden. The program, which covers the company’s forest lands in Sweden, has five priority areas, each with specific actions and measurable targets for 2030.

Stora Enso owns 1.4 million hectares of land in Sweden and the company is one of the largest forest owners in the country. Combined with ongoing work on biodiversity, the new biodiversity program with more than 30 actions will lead to increased natural values ​​and enhanced biodiversity on Stora Enso’s landholdings in Sweden. Some examples of activities in the areas of intervention and the main objectives of the program for 2030:

– Dead wood: More than 40% of forest species on the red list depend on dead wood. Stora Enso aims to increase the amount of deadwood on its landholdings by 40%.

– Deciduous trees: Deciduous trees provide critical habitats for many species. Stora Enso will double the number of hardwoods in young forests and plant 700,000 birches per year.

– Water: Waterways and wetlands are often rich in biodiversity as many species depend on water at different stages of their lives. Stora Enso will identify four major waterscapes for restoration and remove migration barriers in all identified valuable waterways.

– Species and habitats: An umbrella species is an animal or plant that lives in an area with many other endangered species. The new biodiversity program focuses on the protection of four umbrella species, which in turn benefit hundreds of other Red Listed species.

– Active management of biodiversity: actions in this area include increasing annual prescribed burning by an average of 20% in protected areas over a period of five years.

Stora Enso uses selected areas of its Swedish forests to test and develop biodiversity management methods and capabilities. This work is carried out in close collaboration with universities, environmental organizations, NGOs and authorities to share knowledge and foster joint innovation and development.

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