Kajsa Gutafsson in a suburb near Stockholm is responsible for uprooting toxic jättebjörnlokan plants. Photo: Anna Eriksson / SR

Sweden Blacklists Harmful Species

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency plans to blacklist certain foreign plant and animal species, according to Swedish Radio news.

Every month, new species are discovered in Sweden that threaten the country's native biodiversity or are toxic to humans and animals.

The aim of the blacklist is to stop these species from spreading throughout the land.

One of the blacklisted plants is the poisonous Giant Hogweed, which originally comes from the Caucasus but has become a problem in Sweden in recent years.

The agency has begun drawing up the blacklist, which it hopes to have in operation next year.

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