The newspaper Östersunds-Posten wrote an article about the 50 largest forest owners in the county of Jämtland. The forest industry has a turn over best counted in billions, but there are other non-monetary values to consider, something that is increasingly discussed. CERE’s Bengt Kriström, who has been working with these issues for many years now, elaborates.

“- What we call non-market-values like for instance recreation, have a tendency to increase with increasing income, and I would say that they have become more important of late. A lot of people see value beyond chopping down the forest.” (Click on headline to read more)

Bengt Kriström, photo Alejandro EgüezBengt continues: “- There are many ways to measure soft values, we have been doing it for 50 years and they are always approximate, however one can, for instance, have a look at expenses on recreation and real estate prices. The question is, save the forest or use it for industry? We try to create decision support for these issues.”

That the forest will continue to be a good investment for companies and private forest owners alike is nothing doubted by Bengt. In achieving the climate goals, the Swedish forest will play an important role as biofuel. That together with the Swedish krona being weak will play into the forest being a good investment. However, there are also increasing ambitions in favor of forest conservation.
“-The one thing that can be said with certainty is that we will see more conflicts surrounding how the forest should be utilized.”

The article “Forskare: Kommer se konflikter kring hur vi ska använda skogen” (Researchers: More conflicts surrounding how the use the forest will surface) was published in Östersunds-Posten on March 5th, pages 4-5, 2019.