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Opening ceremony for Vindelälven biosphere reserve

Published: 29 August 2019
Ett tält med SLU-logga, ett bord med fem krukor med tallplantor i, två datorer och två kakburkar på, en person bakom bordet med armar utsträckta åt sidan, samt 3 postrar runtomkring.

In June Unesco decided to approve the application for Vindeln River to become a biosphere reserve. For SLU this means that two of the research stations, Svartberget in Vindeln and Röbäcksdalen in Umeå, will be part of the new biosphere reserve.

On Saturday August 17 the grand opening of the new biosphere reserve for the Vindeln River took place and SLU were there. The decision to grant the new biosphere reserve was taken by Unesco already in mid-June and the opening ceremony was planned for the national river day on August 17.  SLU has two stations within the biosphere area; Svartberget in Vindeln and Röbäcksdalen in Umeå. Charlotta Erefur, head of Svartberget field station and Johanna Wallsten, SITES manager at Röbäcksdalen research station were present during the day to show some activities they have within the biosphere area, with emphasis on the participation in SITES - Swedish infrasturfture for ecosystem sciences. They also had an oral presentation where they presented SITES and what the infrastructure can offer researchers and others interested.

En rad med 3 fotografier på en vägg, samt en bild med beskrivning
The photographer Andreas Palmén is taking pictures of the work done at Svartberget research station as part of a big documentaion project. Some of his pictures were exhibited during the opening day. Photo Johanna Wallsten
En bred fors med lite grönska i förgrunden
Vindelälven is one of very few rivers in Sweden that hasn't been altered for hydro power production. Photo Johanna Wallsten

Contact

Johanna Wallsten, Researcher/Deputy Head of Dept./SITES manager Röbäcksdalen
Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
johanna.wallsten@slu.se, +46(0)90-786 8716

Page editor: johanna.wallsten@slu.se