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Stora Enso in Swedish Water House seminar

Ola Svending, Environmental Affairs Manager, was one of the keynote speakers at the Swedish Water House seminar “Water, Forests and People – Building Resilient Landscapes” in Stockholm on May 4.

​Keynote speakers at the seminar illustrated the importance of intact and restored forest landscapes to water resources, livelihoods, biodiversity and sustainable development potential. Ola Svending´s presentation had the title: How can forest industries support resilient landscapes in the South?

Veracel & Guangxi
In his presentation Ola used examples from plantations in Veracel in Brazil and Guangxi in China. In Veracel about 50% of the land area that Stora Enso own is set aside to re-establish natural forest. Some 400 ha of natural forest is annually re-planted. The natural forests are placed in mosaic landscapes typically along water sheds. “By re-establishing natural forest in mosaic landscapes we add and connect bio-diversity, reduce soil erosion and form water buffer zones”, says Ola.

In Guangxi has Stora Enso long term leasing of state owned land designated for plantations. The eucalyptus plantations are mainly in remote and steep areas not suitable for agriculture.
“Low density plantation strategy creates ground vegetation, which adds bio-diversity and reduces soil erosion”, says Ola Svending. The latter is really important in monsoon areas like Guangxi.

In addition to seminars there was a workshop addressing how stakeholders from the Swedish forest sector can initiate and support innovative activities and projects that support restoration of degraded forest landscapes, sustainable forestry and sustainable management of water resources in developing countries.

Good network
Stora Enso has recently start co-operating with Swedish Water House.
“This gives us a possibility to learn from international forest and water experts, and also disseminate our efforts. It is a great opportunity to network among competent persons within the sustainability sector. Water is a very critical question for people and businesses in many parts of the world and due to global warming the situation is getting worse. We need to make sure to contribute and support in the best possible way to global water security”, says Ola Svending.

There were around 35 national and international experts from industry, academia, NGOs, government etc. attending the seminar.

Swedish Water House provides meeting places for innovative thinking on emerging  issues, knowledge dissemination and multidisciplinary policy development concerning the global water situation. The cluster groups bring together Swedish stakeholders from different backgrounds to address emerging water issues through joint policy recommendations.Swedish Water House is part of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
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