On Tuesday 8 April, The King opened Forest Industry Week and presented prizes at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm.
The aim of Forest Industry Week is to create a forum at which the forest industry, politicians, trade unions and other interested parties can come together to discuss current issues relating to forestry.
The day began with a talk by futurologist Magnus Lindkvist on the subject "The vertical future: Creation or competition in tomorrow's forest industry?"
The King then awarded three prizes:
This year's Gold Branches were awarded to Herman Sundqvist, Senior Vice President of Forestry at Sveaskog, and Lennart Henriksson, ecologist at Natur & Människa AB. Gold Branches are awarded to individuals who have made valuable contributions to forestry at national level.
The Count Carl Bernadotte Forestry Prize was awarded to Pär Lärkeryd, CEO of Norra Skogsägarna.
The prize has been awarded for more than 50 years in recognition of outstanding services to Swedish forestry. In accordance with the wishes of the founder, this prize is often awarded to individuals who have successfully combined science with practice.
The Gunnar Sundblad Research Foundation's Skills Development Prize was awarded to Gustav Nyström from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
The aim of the prize is to promote the development of the Swedish pulp and paper industry.
Forest Industry Week is arranged by the Swedish Forest Industries Federation in association with the Swedish Forestry Association. Forest Industry Week has existed in its present form since 2006, but is a continuation of the former Forestry Week which first began in 1866.