Builds partnership with Saskatchewan
Gun Lidestav, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Maureen Reed, University of Saskatchewan.
- As a result of our involvement in Wilhelmina Model Forest and the Prince Albert Model Forest, a collaboration on research and education between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the University of Saskatchewan (USASK) in Canada has been established says Gun Lidestav, Forest Resource Management, SLU.
One of the first joint projects is a study on how to include the social components of the "Sustainable Forest Management" in the two model forests. Nicole Klenk, post-doc at SENSE (School of Environment and Sustainabilitiy, Univ Of Saskatchewan) conducted, along with the Swedish forester student Julia Carlsson, interviews in the two model forests while Gun and Maureen worked as principal and assistant supervisors.
The collaboration was funded by SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and the Swedish "Edlund Brothers endowment fund".
– In addition to the funding in cash I would also like to highlight the efforts of both Wilhelmina Model Forest and the Prince Albert Model Forest. Both contributed as door openers for Julia and Nicole says Maureen Reed, USASK.
These studies were later to form the basis for Julia's thesis, the International Model Forest Network and also material for a scientific article by Nicole Klenk and Maureen, Gun and Julia as coauthors.
– Because of the differences in how courses are spread over the semesters, the thesis work is the easiest way to work within the framework of basic education.
Since the first "sandwich" project worked so well, they are now launching a new project where a Canadian student and a Swedish student will document and analyze the process of the development of reindeer herding plans from a gender perspective.
- This analysis is highly relevant to the continued efforts on reindeer herding plans by the Swedish Forest Agency, SLU and Sami villages. It also helps, of course, to strengthen research training on gender and natural resource utilization, where both I and Maureen have a genuine interest in research, says Gun .
- A formal collaboration between SENSE and SLU would strengthen both universities. SLU is successful in monitoring (environmental monitoring) while SENSE is strong in human geography.