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.
08 April 2015
Looking at the global perspective, the total greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 from agriculture in Finland was emitted in 13 seconds in China. Therefore, the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in Finland looks trivial and insignificant compared to the major polluters of the world, especially if the costs are high.
25 March 2015
Finland has a strong bio-capacity; 76 per cent of land is covered by forest. However, Finnish economy is strongly dependent on foreign natural resources – about 50 per cent of domestic production is based on imported materials. In contradiction, a big part of Finland’s domestic production is consumed abroad – about 50 per cent of domestic production is exported. Scattered through these facts, we can see that the birth of Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is well justified for the new era of national economy. Luke should become the core research center and the innovation zone for the bioeconomy, i.e. the Finnish natural resources-based economy.
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