SCA’s forests provide a habitat for many flora and fauna, and we want this to continue in the future. The development and preservation of biodiversity is the most important sustainability target in our forest management. This means there must be a variety of different habitats in our forests and we therefore strive to develop, preserve and recreate habitats for species with special requirements.

Our forests contain many values. In addition to binding large amounts of CO₂ and providing sustainable raw materials, the forest also contains great biodiversity that we preserve and develop. We exclude areas that provide vital habitats for sensitive flora and fauna from forest management through voluntary set-asides. Alternative methods are used to manage other areas to improve conditions for species with special requirements. We also endeavor to recreate habitats that are scarce. Areas left as small conservation patches during harvesting also offer great benefits for many species.

Landscape ecological planning 

To develop and preserve the biodiversity of our forests, we plan our measures over the long-term and across large geographic areas. We do this by working with landscape ecological planning for our entire forest holding. By performing inventories of our forests we can identify areas with the highest conservation values and using this information, we can then take the right action at the right location.

Work on different scales for habitats 


It is important to work according to different scales with nature conservation measures when it comes to biodiversity. Everything from landscapes (for example several aspen forests in a landscape) to a habitat (such as an individual aspen tree in an aspen forest) and lastly a single substrate (for example an old aspen tree). 

Many species prefer a few larger connected areas with suitable habitats rather than a few scattered areas. In order for us to take the right action at the right location, we have identified key habitats. We have then selected areas with connected forests in which all habitats are represented, and we refer to these as prioritized landscapes. In these landscapes, we have subsequently highlighted Action Plan (Sw. Åtgärdsprogram or ÅGP) landscapes, which contain concentrations of demanding ÅGP species that require active management to survive. ÅGP species are endangered species for which the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency or the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management have developed a special action plan. These could be insects that depend on controlled burning or a specific type of deciduous forest.

By helping the most demanding species, we also help many species that have fewer demands on their habitat.

This is how we work with biodiversity

The aim is that our forest will remain at least as rich in biodiversity, in the future as they are today.

Hans Djurberg, Sustainability manager, SCA

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