PhD Camilla Widmark, who recently joined CERE, has leading a consortium of eight partners, been granted funding for a project running over three years, starting on December 1st, 2016 from the SUMFOREST (SUstainable forest management, Multifunctional Forestry, European Forest Policy), an FP7 ERA-NET project.
The CERE famous Chandra Kiran has recently been offered, and gladly accepted, the position of Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor) at the Department of Forest Economics, at SLU Umeå. A position that will focus on resource and energy economics.
In the radio program Studio 1, they asked themselves whether Sweden is missing out on serious money and job opportunities by not increasing the usage of our forest berry resources more. CERE’s Bengt Kriström was interviewed and he was sceptical towards the serious money to be earned.
The oil, peel and seed of the berries are being used in health food and cosmetics. A berry refinement business for these purposes is growing in our neighbouring countries and according to some, Sweden is missing out on millions by not jumping on the bandwagon. However, CERE’s Bengt Kriström do not agree: “- The basic question then is, why are we not using it. And the answer to that question as I see it, is that today, it just is not profitable. There are plenty of talented entrepreneurs that could collect on the alleged profits.”
Bengt Kriström, CERE, comments on a DN article by Lin Lerpold and Örjan Sjöberg. In their article they call for the government to act in order to decrease consumption. However, Bengt mean that a policy aimed at the issues rather than the consumption is needed.