The National Swedish Forest Program is out and it’s all about bioeconomy

- 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

Green-Bio-or Circular- Economy?

A guest blog by Dalia D’ Amato Our last entry from the series “Following the traces of bioeconomy in Finland” deals with a very relevant and timely topic, namely the definition and interrelation of the concepts of Green- vs Bio- vs Circular- economy. At first glance, these concepts seem fundamentally similar, in the sense that … Continue reading Green-Bio-or Circular- Economy?

Finns on ORBIT

A guest blog by Jaana Korhonen Alex’s previous blog posts about the bioeconomy in Finland captures the hopes and prospects that are loaded to the evolving Finnish bioeconomy. "The bioeconomy is the New Nokia" comparison voices out how the bioeconomy can bring salvation for the prolonged economic struggle. The bioeconomy has the potential to enhance the societal … Continue reading Finns on ORBIT

Swedish Forests in a Bioeconomy: Green Future or Greenwash?

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?

Environmental Concerns in the Bioeconomy Discourse

Sustainable development is highlighted in different national bioeconomy strategies as the overarching goal of the shift towards bioeconomy. In fact, in many of these strategies, bioeconomy is partly already renamed to “sustainable economy". However, it is important to understand that bioeconomy in itself cannot be considered as "self-evidently sustainable". Even more so,  visions about the relationship … Continue reading Environmental Concerns in the Bioeconomy Discourse

How sustainable will biomass production be under the bioeconomy?

I just came across this very interesting article from Roeland Bosch, Mattheüs van de Pol and Jim Philp, published in the International Weekly Journal of Science Nature.  The authors consider that the future of the bioeconomy requires global sustainability metrics and the creation of a dispute resolution center. They emphasize what we've all been already suspecting, namely that world governments … Continue reading How sustainable will biomass production be under the bioeconomy?

Across forests and stakeholders: embracing complexity and bringing the landscape dimension closer to Europe

The #Forests2015 Blog

Illustration of an alternative future-scenario for the case-study area Helgeå in Southern Sweden. Illustration of an alternative future-scenario for the case-study area Helgeå in Southern Sweden.

Landscapes can reflect a living fusion of people, culture and nature. Forests are an integral and crucial part of Europe’s vast, complex and extremely diverse landscapes. They provide an intricate and dynamic setting of people’s lives and offer an astonishingly diverse basket of ecosystem services. This delicate communion between people and nature also means that there is much at stake. Decisions and forest-related policies made at a macro level have immediate impacts on a local level.

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