CERE member Camilla Widmark gave a keynote on the gender situation in the Swedish forest sector at the 44rd session of the UN committee on Food Security (CFS44) on October 9th. Camilla stressed the importance of understanding the reasons to why forest owners own forest and the difference between male and female forest owners.
Standard practice in discrete choice experiments is to present information on alternatives in matrix form. However, how respondents are asked to read the matrix is at odds with learned visual routines and reading patterns, and this can impact respondents’ choices.
October 21 st, CERE member Tommy Lundgren was awarded the Nordea scientific award. See the ceremony and listen to the motivation below (only in Swedish).
Runar Brännlund believes that each electricity technology should carry its full cost. Subsidies have a tendency to provide incentives whether there is a demand for electricity or not. This was discussed at Almedalen in July.
The 24th round of tbe conference was successfully held from 20th to 22nd of June and attracted some 30 participants from different universities. There were a total 23 different presentations on selected topics in environmental economics over the course of those three days.
A new research school at SLU, ECOS has seen the light of day. Focus is on interdisciplinary understanding in human dimensions of natural resource use and is run by two different departments at SLU, Umeå.
The research school; Ecology and Society (ECOS) is based at SLU in Umeå. It is created as a research and teaching environment through interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Forest Economics and the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Environmental Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Its focus is on offering courses and arranging workshops that foster interdisciplinary understanding in human dimensions of natural resource use.
Dimitrios Zormpas, an SLU alumnus and a third year Ph.D. student in Real Estate Appraisal and Land Economics at the University of Padova, Italy, is visiting CERE. His research focuses on Real Options, Resource and Environmental Economics.
September 21st, 2017, Ross Bull, the Executive Director of the Balkan-based organization CNVP, visited CERE to explore the possibility of future collaboration, including the design and delivery of a workshop on forestry economics. This would be linked to two SIDA-funded projects under implementation in Albania and Kosovo that are focused on: strengthening private forest activities; developing value chains for non-timber forest products owned by women; and using wood biomass for renewable energy.
Forests provide livelihoods for parts of the worldwide population, often the most vulnerable. The forests also perform vital ecosystem services, including the regulation of the water and carbon cycles and protection of biodiversity, that are essential to food production and food security and nutrition in the long term.