85 applications to prize-winning course

After receiving the best PhD course prize last year, Behavioural Environmental Economics course was organized again in June 2019 in SLU Ultuna Campus. (click on headline to learn more)
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Conservation through green auctions

It appears that the Swedish environmental goal “Healthy Forests” (Levande skogar) might not reach its goal in 2020. CERE’s Göran Bostedt comments on this in “Ekonomisk Debatt” (Economics Debate) nr 5 2019. He considers other options and if it is not about time to turn our eyes to neighboring Finland.

“Insufficient goal fulfillment, poor cost-effectiveness and a low acceptance of forest policy – it might not be surprising that, as an economist, one starts to wonder if more market inspired instruments might be able to succeed better.” In Ekonomisk Debatt, Göran Bostedt discus using Green auctions, a successful concept that has been used for conservation in Finland. Similar instruments have been tried in Sweden, but with completely different results. Göran points out a number of flaws responsible for the lack of success in Sweden.

Read the entire article ”Naturskydd på anbud” in Ekonomisk Debatt nr 5 2019, 47. (Only in Swedish)

Linking indicators – measurements that resonate with the public

boydUsing a linking indicator – a biophysical outcome that is meaningful or directly relevant to the public’s wellbeing can help to relate issues in the nature to a broader set of human concerns.

The importance of ecosystem services is often well known within natural scientists. However, communicating the value of this importance so that it resonates with the public or policy-makers can be challenging. Dr James Boyd visited CERE on 19 September 2019 to talk about how to relate nature to a broader set of human concerns. He is working on connecting knowledge between natural and social sciences through linking indicators. Linking indicators are biophysical outcomes that are directly relevant to social welfare. For instance, excess nitrogen in soils can affect the entire ecosystem in a multitude of ways. But by focusing on particular pieces of the ecosystem, such as an artic fox, the issues affecting human wellbeing become more obvious. In this example, the fox becomes a linking indicator, the biophysical outcome that is meaningful to the public and can embody the issues within an entire ecosystem.

Long-friend of CERE named Honorary Doctor: Jason Shogren

On October 5th University of Wyoming’s Economics Professor Jason Shogren receives an honorary doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Following the Doctorial lecture on October 4th in Uppsala, Shogren will visit SLU’s Umeå Campus and CERE to amongst other things, hold a lecture at the SLU library on the 8th of October at 13.00 (1.00 PM) 

Conference: The Barents region in a biobased future

October 15-17, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå

The conference Barents Forest Forum titled: The Barents region in a biobased future, is a cooperation platform for forest sector stakeholders in the Barents region. Over the course of three days, participants from business, policy, research and development, and education will discuss the biobased future of Northern Europe with a particular focus on the Barents region.

Consumer losers on green certificates for renewable energy

The Swedish system for subsidizing renewable energy is a public financial loss. Consumers carry the financial burden through their electric bill and its certificate fee.

CERE Professors Bengt Kriström and Per-Olov Johansson let us in Dagens industri, August 26th 2019 know more about their cost-benefit analysis of the green certificate for renewable energy: “Our analysis show that the system for green certificates for renewable energy introduced in Sweden is not profitable for the public finance. Also, it is the consumers who pay the prize through increased electric bills via the green certificate fee.” (click on headline to read more)

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