Sweden has decided to give Finland a joint forest research project as a gift to mark Finland’s centenary as a nation.
The bilateral forestry research project “Tandem Forest Values”, which now makes up Sweden’s official gift to Finland, was initiated by the Cultural Foundation project offices Tandem. The key word in Finland’s centennial anniversary is “together”.
– Tandem Forest Values is the start of an intensified bilateral cooperation, said Governor Chris Heister, Vice President of the Culture Fund for Sweden and Finland.
The gift includes 12 postdoctoral services with a total value of SEK 26 million (≈EUR 2.7 million) of which the Swedish government will provide half. The project is a collaboration between the Swedish government, Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, the Kempe Foundation, Forest Industry Research Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA). Half of the grants will be available are for Swedes, half for Finns.
– We think it is extremely important that the government together with private investors, could contribute to such an important project for the future which Tandem Forest Values is, said Heister.