Biodiversity is a complex interaction between many different species in many different natural environments and is essential to all life on earth. Together, plants and animals make fantastic ecosystems in which all the species depend on each other. If one species disappears, it can lead to a negative impact on other plants or animals, disrupting the stability of the natural cycle. This is why we work actively to preserve biodiversity in every respect.
Sweden’s forest is an invaluable resource that binds carbon and provides a renewable alternative to fossil materials such as concrete and steel. It is also home to numerous plant and animal species. Biodiversity is essential to all life on our planet.
Healthy ecosystems provide increased protection for harvests, plant pollination and food from the oceans, for example, while also contributing towards a stable climate.
Biodiversity is essential for creating healthy and resilient forests capable of coping with climate change and more extreme weather. However, biodiversity is affected by climate change, which is why sustainable forest management that captures carbon dioxide and creates raw material that replaces fossil material is also an important component in mitigating climate change and so encouraging biodiversity.
Holmen has been managing forests since the seventeenth century. Biodiversity has
not historically been a priority issue in the forest industry, but huge changes have taken place in the last thirty years. Since the early 1990s, when the spotlight was shone on the question of nature conservation, we have learned a great deal about how we can improve biodiversity while simultaneously increasing forest growth. We are constantly working to be even better and recognise that biodiversity is mainly benefitted by the way we manage our forests, not by the amount of forest we refrain from managing. The aim is to ensure that all naturally occurring species are able to thrive in Sweden’s forest landscape and that important natural assets are encouraged and preserved. We are convinced that it is through research and collaboration that we can continue to find new ways to encourage both growth and biodiversity in our forests. This is why we are conducting more than 300 research projects on our land, both ourselves and in partnership with research organisations, universities and other interested parties.
Our operations span forestry and renewable energy such as hydro power and wind power all the way to the sawmills and pulp mills. All our business areas are working actively to strengthen biodiversity. How? See the examples shown or read more here.
All our business areas form part of the ecocycle of forest-based renewable raw materials. We transform the raw material into everything from wood for climate-smart building to renewable packaging, magazines and books. We also produce renewable energy from water and wind power.
We protect biodiversity in everything from our forest management to our modern industries and hydro and wind power plants. Our products are also biodegradable, which minimises the risk of them having a negative impact on life in the sea.
Here at Holmen, we’ve been looking after our Swedish forests for over 150 years. To keep managing the resources of the forest for generations to come, we need the natural environment to be healthy, sustainable and thriving We know it is possible to actively manage the forest while at the same time preserving and supporting important natural assets for future generations – this lies at the very heart of our business.
This is why we are continuing to research and develop our forest management to foster biodiversity in our forests on an ongoing basis. We aren’t going to stop any time soon.
The benefit created for humans from forests and nature is termed ecosystem services. The forest has the capacity to contribute many ecosystem services at the same time, which is valuable for Holmen and for society in general. Examples of ecosystem services from the forest: