Sweden’s Supreme Court has suspended the development of a new limestone mine in ancient Ojnare forest in Gotland, Sweden. Mining company Nordkalk has said failure to expand operations could lead to job loss in the region.
Environmental activists across Sweden are breathing a sigh of relief. The country’s highest court has agreed to halt preparations for a large-scale limestone mine in the ancient Ojnare forest. Permits awarded to the mining company Nordkalk will now be re-examined. It remains to be seen which way the court will ultimately decide, but the decision to temporarily stop work has been welcomed by Sweden’s growing anti-mining movement.
The Ojnare forest, located on Gotland island in the Baltic Sea, is part of a larger natural area. It contains old pine trees, limestone plains with sparse prairie-like vegetation, and small wetlands. It is home to a number of protected species such as the large blue butterfly and the Montagu harrier, a long-winged migratory bird. It also holds more than half of the world’s Gaffelfibbla, a rare yellow flower.