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New budget pauses the fight to protect the forest

last year, the Forestry commission 300 million sek, for the work of formally protected forest. In the years shrink the sum to 100 million, which means that the compensation for the landowners, who received the forest is formally protected, is reduced to one-third. Just over 1,000 land owners have received compensation by The Swedish forest agency during the last year.

– When money is decreasing, we draw in the brake, you can see it as a tvärnit, " says director general Herman Sundqvist.

and wildlife conservation was paused from January. In the areas The Swedish forest agency is responsible for the signed no new agreements for conservation management. But even ongoing cases relating to territorial protection are affected by the decision and will no longer be dealt with.

" We must make sure not to exceed the funds allocated to us, the nature of jobs and the increased nyckelbiotopinventeringen, we lack the money. In addition, we have much less money for perimeter protection, " says Herman Sundqvist.

The total budget is sek 440 million. Because the work of, inter alia, the inventory of key biotopes ends need to convince The agency to save more than sek 50 million during the year.

even in a dispute about the right to harvest trees in the montane forest, something that requires a permit from the authority. The forestry commission has appealed against the decision to give the five landowners compensation for refusal of felling in the forests.

– It is a combination of the judges and the new budget behind our decisions, " says Herman Sundqvist.

Also, the project Nature-oriented jobs are being closed down. The Swedish forest agency claims to no longer have the funding for the implementation of the project which was meant to bring in newcomers and the long-term unemployed on the labour market. Among other things, is a shortage of labour for grönyteskötare and machine operators in both agriculture and forest.

the Last in line, decided the authority to lay off 124 of over 800 employees.

to the DN writes Jessica Rosencrantz, environmental and climate science and policy spokesperson for the conservative party to nyckelbiotopinventeringen has created considerable legal uncertainty for many foresters. Furthermore, she comments the notice.

”It is not the government job is the solution to create more jobs in the forestry industry. What is needed is more competitive taxes and regulations (...) representatives of industry and trade unions have also expressed that they are not concerned that the government focus on jobs, there is simply a lack of staff within the forestry sector.”

Jessica Rosencrantz points out that if the government had thought differently had it been able to raise anslagskrediten. It means a permitted overrun on a framework which is carried over to the next financial year.

" It is unfortunate what has happened with The Swedish forest agency and other authorities, for example, the environmental protection agency also affected by the cuts. When we present vårbudgeten will be a big priority should be to restore the cuts that have been made on the environment and climate change, " says Jakob Lundgren, secretary of the environment and klimatminister and deputy prime minister Isabella Lövin.

If the Forestry commission will receive a boost in the vårbudgeten says Jacob Lundgren that it is too early to comment.

Read more: Criticism of the cuts to the environment and climate in the new budget

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