Vivis publications

Some of the reports and articles I’ve producedvivi båvner sluta kasta

What is this thing called environmental knowledge?

Environmental knowledge takes into account that we are a part of nature. People are a part of
the equation when it comes to managing the whole environment but there are also great
uncertainties.

How the world works is quite chaotic, complex and changing and in the end we
know very little about it. This ambiguity limit’s the role of science in environmental decision
making (Robertson & Hull 2001).

Two articles (in Swedish) about the generosity of Bangladeshi people

http://www.viv-eco.se/bangladeshier-kanske-varldens-givmildaste-folk/

http://www.viv-eco.se/hur-bygger-man-upp-infrastruktur-utan-byggstenar/

My Master Thesis

Look beyond the bin – Solid Waste Management at Asian Institute of Technology

Collection and recycling of beverage cartons at AIT – A research project report

The project shows that people are willing to separate waste at source if waste collection containers are strategically located and well indicated, but longer information campaigning and follow up is needed.

Waste managent is a great concern for all of us. Photo: V.Pietik 2008 Cambodja
Waste managent is a great concern for all of us. Photo: V.Pietik 2008 Cambodja

My Bachelor Thesis

Measures to prevent overstocking and overgrazing in woodlands, a case study in Babati

Article (in Spanish) about recycling of beverage cans

Investigando la gestión de latas de aluminio a través de los ojos de una sueca

The economic basis of Solid Waste Management in Poland, Sweden and Lithuania

The garbage management in Poland Sweden and Lithuania is more concentrated on waste treatment than prevention. The EU waste hierarchy is not followed in any of the three countries and too much is put on landfills and incinerated meanwhile too little is recycled. Still, the countries are slowly making progress by following EU directives.

Reflective article (in Swedish) about waste of nature resources and energy policy

I tider då media dagligen rapporterar om globala klimatförändringar, etanolbilar och Kyotoavtal kan man lätt tappa fokus och känna sig uppgiven inför framtidens förutspådda miljökaos.

Samtidigt finns det en utbredd ignorans bland svenskarna inför det faktum att vi lever i ett resursslösande välfärdssamhälle som har hög standard på bekostnad av
fattiga människor och moder jord.

A case study report about a mobile waste pipe in Sweden

From studying the local investment programmes in Sweden I can make the assumption that real enthusiasts (eldsjälar) are very important when projects are to be initiated and implemented. In many cases it’s pointed out how single persons have had impact on the proceeding of a project.

Industrial symbiosis to minimize contamination

There is a growing interest for the development of Industrial Symbiosis networks at local and regional levels. They are being promoted on the statement that more environmental improvements can be made if actions are pursued through synergies at the borders of each division than if pursued by individual units alone.

Reflective article (in Swedish) about how a swedish smoker indirectly encourages child labour

Är det svårt att fimpa rökning för sin egen hälsas skull? Är det betydelsefullt att alla länder följer FN:s konvention om barnets rättigheter med grundläggande krav för varje barn i världen?

Vad finns det för koppling mellan rökning av cigaretter i Sverige och utnyttjandet av barnarbete i utvecklingsländer?

Vivi Pietik tobakens barn

Industrial symbiosis to minimize contamination

I wrote about Industrial Symbiosis at Universidad de Valencia

Link to essay here.

Recovery of rubble for recycling
Recovery of rubble for recycling. Link to essay.

The application of environmental programmes in industrial parks is a quite new concept (Fundación Entorno) but there is a lot of investigation in operation concerning the environmental sustainability of current industrial systems (Mirata & Emtairah 2004).

The quantitative and qualitative aspects of resource use, pollutants and waste generation in industrial parks are looked upon as unsustainable.

There is therefore a great need to search for, identify and implement various transformations associated with the requirements of a more environmentally sustainable development (Mirata & Emtairah 2004; Mirata 2005).

Look beyond the bin – a master thesis

Waste on campus. photo: V.Pietik Thailand 2008

The generation of domestic waste is at present less than 1 kg/day per person in Thailand, but generated amounts keeps steadily growing. This trend is closely connected to an increasing population and economic growth, something that is creating waste management issues.

Prioritize best environmental practice

Fruits on campus. photo: V.Pietik Thailand 2008

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) outside Bangkok has the potential of being a leader in sustainable development in the Southeast Asian region, however a substantial opportunity is being missed – best environmental practices are currently not prioritized. Only 4 % of the total waste generated on campus is recycled at AIT, 3 % is composted and 93 % is taken to the municipal waste disposal site. Fluorescent light bulbs and other hazardous household waste are disposed on the campus dumpsite.

Read the full text thesis here.

Campaigns against the logging of old growth forests

A discussion on the conflict between meeting the needs of the market today and those of the future

Background

In Sweden, with it’s total area of 450’000 square kilometres, 55% of the land area is covered by forest habitats. The forest industry stands for 20% of the Swedish export. The forest land has great economical value for Sweden along with the environmental (flora and fauna) and the social values (i.e. recreation). The productive forest land corresponds to 23 million hectares and is managed by the public (the state, municipalities, county councils, the church and companies) or private persons (http://www.ne.se).

Sawmill industry started off in the middle of the 19th century and the forest industry is well established. The Swedish Forest Industries Federation, Skogsindustrierna, declare that the forests in Sweden are growing faster than they are being harvested (http://www.skogsindustrierna.org), about 2/3 of 100m3sk growth each year (http://www.ne.se). Admittedly, the number of trees has been rising since the 1920’s (National Forest Inventory) but most of the productive forest land has a very poor biological diversity which hazards the sustainability of the ecosystem. The demand for timber is increasing on the world market and the prices are higher than ever which leads to a greater pressure to cut down more natural forest habitats (DN 19/10-2007). Continue reading Campaigns against the logging of old growth forests