Interview, 31 January 2012
Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Clément Gignac, in Sweden
On Thursday 26 January, Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson met his Canadian colleague Clément Gignac, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife of the province of Quebec in Canada. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss forestry issues and exchange experiences.
The Swedish forests are attracting growing international interest. Last week, representatives of both China and Canada visited Sweden to study Swedish forest management.
On Thursday 26 January, Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson met his Canadian colleague Clément Gignac, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife of the province of Quebec in Canada.
The meeting took place at the Government Offices and was a follow-up to Mr Erlandsson's trip to Canada in the autumn to seek knowledge and inspiration for continued work on the vision of 'The Forest Kingdom - with values for the world'. For Mr Gignac, this was the first visit to Sweden, but definitely not the last.
"I hope we can make this a tradition and meet regularly here in Sweden and also in Canada. Our countries have much in common when it comes to forest management and we have plenty to learn from one another," said Mr Gignac in connection with a meeting at Rosenbad. During his stay in Sweden, Mr Gignac also visited Ericsson.
"I believe we have a great deal to learn from one another. We in Sweden have a thorough knowledge of forests and forest management that has grown over the generations; but we must also remember that forestry is constantly developing and we have a great deal still to learn. We also have a strong tradition of freedom with responsibility within forestry, a system I believe many countries could benefit from," said Mr Erlandsson.