On Thursday 25 March, The King took part in the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry's digital workshop on the economic consequences of damage to Swedish forests. Prince Carl Philip also attended the workshop.
The aim of the workshop was to investigate the need for better data and methods for calculating the cost of different forms of damage to forests, such as that caused by insect attacks. Individual forest owners can use such information to obtain better decision-making data, for example in connection with investments or prioritising different measures.
During the workshop, the participants worked in groups to try to identify general patterns in forest damage.
In his introductory speech, The King said:
"Forests are a central resource for our nation and bring many values: environmental, economic, historical and social. When forests are damaged – by storms, insects or other attacks – this hits hard; initially against those who own the forest and manage it for future generations, but ultimately also against our society as a whole."