- An interview with Johanna Johansson- On May 18, the Swedish parliament briefly announced a press conference gathering. To everybody’s surprise, it presented the first National Forest Program (NFP), a long awaited document outlining the Swedish government’s ambitions and vision for forest management until the year 2030. This comprehensive program addresses topics ranging from climate … Continue reading The National Swedish Forest Program is out and it’s all about bioeconomy
During the last decades, governments in most industrialized western countries have started promoting the transition towards a greener more sustainable economy. The OECD has been mainly acting as a think tank for its member countries, promoting different macro-political concepts that were expected to revolutionize the economy. “High technology”, “national system of innovation”, “information economy”, and … Continue reading Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
Nordic countries joined forces under a formal policy and strategy forum called the Bioeconomy Panel. The panel's main job is to draw up proposals for a Nordic strategy for the bioeconomy, outlining options and practical measures to promote sustainable bioeconomies in the Nordic region. In preparation for the upcoming strategy, the panel produced a catalogue … Continue reading Replace, Upgrade, Circulate and Collaborate- the Nordic style
This is the thought provoking question that my colleague Daniel Hodge is trying to answer in his recently published Master thesis. For this, he took a closer look at the Swedish forest sector and the recent discussions around bioeconomy. Bioeconomy is currently a "hot topic" in Sweden, considering the country's favorable position for transitioning towards a … Continue reading Swedish Forests in a Bioeconomy: Green Future or Greenwash?
The Bioeconomy is here, closer than ever, especially in the research and development community where different initiatives constantly strive to engage as many researchers as possible from cross sectors and disciplines. Bioeconomy endeavors to bring together researchers from all the different sectors, agriculture, forestry, energy, water and fisheries, chemical etc. But is this easier said than done? "Moving … Continue reading Do we need more matchmaking to make Bioeconomy happen ?
I just came across this very interesting and entertaining guide from Kes McCormick and Karin Willquist from Lund Univeristy. Although this manual was originally thought as a guide for school students (16-18 years) and teachers, I consider it to be a very useful introduction even for a wider audience, maybe even for more knowledgeable readers with a … Continue reading It’s the bioeconomy, stupid!