28 August 2015
The pan-European forest condition monitoring programme UNECE ICP Forests1 celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In terms of human age, 30th anniversary probably means the ultimate threshold to adulthood. In some respects, the same seems to hold true also for the forest monitoring programme in which 42 European countries have committed themselves to participate.
10 August 2015
Animal welfare, or lack of it, is debated in the industrialized countries, but not so much in developing countries. Studies indicate that Europeans are interested in knowing more about animal welfare. They are also interested in promoting animal welfare, but it doesn’t always show up in food purchases because tradeoffs between animal welfare and money must be made. In many cases an average consumer seems to be unwilling to cover additional costs caused by animal friendly production, but a subset of consumers are willing to do that. Hence, additional measures are needed to support the markets of animal welfare at large.
01 July 2015
In the idea of pursuing food security, and social and environmental sustainability, while assuring economic growth (the famous compromise between three pillars of sustainability), what are the conditions that are non-negotiable? Are social and environmental sustainability to be achieved at the condition that they produce growth? Or is it the other way around?”
24 June 2015
Despite the current difficulties seen in relations between Russia and EU, Russia’s forests are interesting not only as a source of raw material for developing bioeconomy but also for potential investments. The theoretical potential of Russia’s forest resources is huge. However, the majority of the forest resources are not accessible.
18 June 2015
Together with the aspects of bioeconomy and human well-being, the benefits to bring wild mushrooms from forests to markets are great. More support to the related research is needed, for example, evaluating the economic and social value of mushrooms and mushroom related products; creating more international cooperation and recognition to open the avenue for Finnish mushroom products; for studying semi-wild mushroom farming opportunities and techniques.
18 June 2015
The Jukola orienteering relay represents recreational use of forests on a massive scale. Over 18,000 people signed up to run through the forest and cliffs last weekend. Orienteering is connected to recreational use of forests, which is studied at Luke. In the most recent study about 5 % of the population did orienteering as a recreational activity. Its popularity had increased slightly from the study 10 years before. Orienteering is especially popular among youth and young adults. In terms of demographics, orienteering was most popular among men, families with children, people with higher education, and people living in less urban areas.
11 June 2015
We are living through an era of huge structural changes. The statistics must follow and portray the diversified economical activities of the enterprises. The new data needs require also surveying more the activity of private businesses, and gathering micro data at business level. This requires a lot of pre-considerations on what is required at statistical terms; and what can be observed through reporting systems, or registers.
25 April 2015
23 April 2015
Sclog is a SCience blOG.
Major features are:
Stories can include polls as a tool for research
Low graphics content makes it accessible to people with low bandwidth, eg in developing countries.
22 April 2015
The research sector is changing rapidly. It’s getting harder to get good enough response rates for surveys, which is a problem for consumer research. At the same time, alternative data collection methods are being developed, and new analysis tools have become available. All this means that it’s important to update research skills, and to learn about on-going developments in data analysis. Online course has been very useful, and has given me new research skills.
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