King Carl XVI Gustaf is actively involved in issues concerning nature and the environment and has great knowledge in both these areas.
The King has personally instituted the King Carl Gustaf Environmental Competition and the "Royal Colloquium", an international environmental symposium held in Sweden with participants from all over the world.
The King is the Honorary Chairman of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Council in Sweden.
The King has been interested in scouting since childhood. He became a cub scout with the name Mowgli in 1955 and a scout in 1958.
As Crown Prince, one of his first official duties was to participate in a scout camp in Sweden at the age of 10. Since then, The King often takes part in different types of scouting activities both in Sweden and abroad.
King Carl Gustaf is Principal Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide and Scout Association, Honorary Member of the Swedish Guide and Scout Council and has been Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation since 1977.
In recent years The King has accompanied Royal Technology Missions, under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering, in order to study technological and industrial advances and to encourage co-operation in these areas with various countries such as Japan, Italy, the UK, the USA, South Korea, South Africa, Finland and Brazil.