SCA is involved in several extensive water conservation projects with EU grants that aim to protect and recreate the natural values that exist and have existed in the water landscape. The work involves restoring habitats and restoring parts of rivers and waterways in several locations in Sweden.
The Ecostreams for LIFE project is an extensive nature conservation project and aims to restore watercourses in Västerbotten, Västernorrland and Jämtland. It runs between 2021-2026 and SCA is one of several participants.
The goal is to restore over 140 kilometers of stream sections and 470 spawning bottom surfaces, which should thus provide better opportunities for, for example, river pearl mussel, salmon and brown trout. The work also includes restoring adjacent wetlands and replacing road culverst, which provides better opportunities for fish, otters and other aquatic animals to move freely between different parts of the waterways. Read more about Ecostreams for LIFE on the project website
Rivers of LIFE is a large nature conservation project that runs until 2025. The aim is to restore habitats after the interventions carried out during the timber floating era and to restore parts of rivers and waterways. The project mainly covers Natura 2000 areas in parts of Ljusnan and Voxnan in Gävleborg County as well as Gimån and Ljusnan in Jämtland County. The goal is to restore 120 km of stream habitats. SCA is one of several participants.
In Jämtland, SCA contributes by removing migration barriers, i.e. replacing road culverts with arches or bridges, to make it easier for fish to move freely in the waterways. We will also take measures for the sensitive microscapania moss by placing suitable wood in the waters and participating in the replanting of river pearl mussel. Read more about Rivers of LIFE on the project website.
LIFE Revives takes place in northern Sweden, northern Finland and Estonia between 2021-2027. The name stands for "Reviving freshwater pearl mussel populations and their habitats" and is a collaborative project. The project will benefit the diversity of aquatic animals and plants. SCA is one of several partners as we own land along the affected watercourses Pite River and Råne River.
SCA contributes by removing migration barriers for fish that favor the spread of river pearl mussel in our waterways. In the past, round road drums were dug in during the construction of forest roads, which created migration obstacles for fish. Today, when we replace road culverts and build new water crossings in streams, we take measures and put down arches that benefit the natural environment. Read more about LIFE Revives on the project website.