Tandem Forest Values is a bilateral forest research project that was established in 2017 as Sweden’s official centenary gift to Finland. It was initiated by Tandem, part of the Finnish-Swedish Cultural Foundation in Stockholm.
The project was a starting point for a deeper cooperation within forestial and forest industrial research between the two countries. The gift comprised of 12 postdoc positions, each worth 2 million SEK. The calls for applications are administrated by KSLA, The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.
Our purpose and goal
The purpose is to strengthen and develop research collaboration between Finland and Sweden through post-doctoral positions in both countries. Our goal is for the researchers to work with actors in the field of industrial forestry in the region to enable a sustainable use of the forest as a resource.
Finland and Sweden are leading forestry nations in Europe and the World, and the products from the forestry sector are cornerstones in their economies. Even though the countries have less than two per cent of the world’s forests, their exports still account for almost ten percent of the world’s forestry-related products.
Both Finland and Sweden have formulated ambitious national forestry programs which focus on the emerging bio-economy and a fossil-free society, in addition to developing the sector in general. Distinguishing features of the bio-economy include the utilisation of renewable bio-based natural resources, the use of clean technology to improve the condition of the environment, and effective recycling of materials. While the forest is a renewable natural resource with potential for sustainable development, there are also many challenges to deal with in order to satisfy the demand on it for materials as well as safe-guarding other important societal goals.
Because the forest is expected to play such an important role in a sustainable bio-economy, there is a need to develop knowledge about its uses and limits in the processing and use of biomass. There is also a need to develop more durable patterns of consumptions, with policy instruments and business models to provide for different ecosystem services.
The forest has a crucial role to play in our efforts to combat climate change and meeting several other sustainability targets. Furthermore, the growing demands on the forest in eco-friendly production lead to greater complexity in assessing how its’ resources are best put to use, and which new industrial forestry products and processes need to be developed. This alone shows the need for inter-disciplinary knowledge in order to support a future industry that can better use and protect the ecosystem of the Swedish and Finnish forests, and meet future needs for new products.
In order to achieve these goals the Finnish-Swedish Cultural Foundation together with Swedish Government, the Swedish Forest Industries Federation, the Kempe Foundations, the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, created this research initiative as a gift to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence.
Since Tandem Forest Values first saw daylight in June 1st 2017 the program has arranged a launch seminar, participated in a follow- up conference in Finland, been mentioned in several media and led to many contacts between researchers and professionals within forestry and forest industry.