Sustainable development means safeguarding the world’s natural environment and biodiversity. To determine how other European countries work with protection of natural areas, Ramboll has carried out an international survey on the protection of land (including freshwater) classified under the IUCN system in Finland, the Netherlands, UK and Germany.
The purpose of this international outlook is to draw lessons from other countries in support of the Environmental Advisory Council's work on a strategy for sustainable land use in Sweden.
Sustainable land management
The Swedish government has given the Environmental Advisory Council the task of developing a proposal for a strategy to achieve parts of the ‘generational goal’ and the environmental quality objectives related to sustainable land management from a holistic perspective.
On 1 July 2010, the Swedish government decided to establish a parliamentary committee whose task is to submit proposals to the government on how Sweden's environmental quality objectives and the `generational goal´ is to be reached. The Committee has been named the Environmental Advisory Council, and is composed of members from the seven parliamentary parties, as well as other experts appointed by the government.