Below you will find information about the Biosphere Ambassadors
My name is Lena Rundqvist and together with my husband Janne I am running our business Handens Hus (The house of hands) in Medelplana Kinnekulle. Our weaving studio is open to public participants. The weaving studio is combined with an antique shop and a summer cafe. Textile is my passion, so I have besides my own craft and design also Växbos linen towels and Axlings linen terry. Working with natural materials, like linen and wool, feels like a step in the right direction and is ideal in the biosphere context in which sustainable development is the guiding principle. The Biosphere means a lot for me. It means that attention is directed to our area and that we play a major role on the global map. This means that our place on Earth is worth to nurture and develop in a way where as many people as possible get the advantage of all the beauty we have to offer for a long time. It will not be at the expense of nature and culture. This, I regard as one of the main goals we have to strive for. Welcome to Mount Kinnekulle!
Contact: Handens hus, e-mail:
My name is Amanda Hessle. I am a very proud islander of Torsö island and also a mother of three children. My roots are in Switzerland. Over 10 years ago, I moved to Sweden where I found Love. I've worked with tourism in various forms, both in Switzerland and in Sweden. Today I run Torsö language agency, where I work with translation services among other things. It means a lot to me to live and work in such a fantastic environment. Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle has a lot to offer. I have really only seen a fraction! My personal goal is to get to know my new neighborhood even better. Then, I hope to be involved in developing the Biosphere Reserve and convey all the beauty and excitement that is available here.
Contact: Torsö language agency, Phone: +46 702 06 38 72,
As a Biosphere Ambassador and a Biosphere inhabitant, I am so glad to see that the great work conducted during the Biosphere Reserve preparation phase, finally "borne fruit". Not only the actual designation, but perhaps even more in terms of new resources, networks and specific projects in the local region. Moreover, it has risen the attention to initiatives for sustainable development in the area. Used correctly and with sustainability incorporated in future work, I believe the designation of the Biosphere Reserve will continue to contribute positively to local development in the area and its surroundings for a long time to come.
I believe in the actuality of the Biosphere Reserve. The dual mission of conservation and development is necessary and central to the Biosphere Reserve concept. In addition, I do not believe myself that it is important to define exactly what a biosphere reserve is or should be, generally. Each biosphere reserve can be based on the local interests and everyday lives in order to find ways to contribute to the complete picture, where we take good care of our local nature, while contributing to a truly sustainable economy.
I work as a energy efficiency coordinator in the Municipals of Götene and Skara and my spare time is devoted to various outdoor activities. I hope that I in the role of a Biosphere Ambassador, will help to develop our part of Lake Vänern to an even more attractive area for canoeing, which it deserves.
Contact: Phone: +46 702 07 66 15, email:
My name is Linda Fröberg and I have been a Biosphere Ambassador since 2007. At this time, I was a tourism entrepreneur with a nature and culture profile. I arranged boat excursions in Lake Vänern Archipelago and was a private guide for Swedish descendants visiting the area. The Biosphere Reserve contributes to the legitimacy of natural ecotourism. It gives ecotourism better marketing and a context for small scale businesses to cherish and be proud of.
Today, my business is not active anylonger, but I am still an active Biosphere Ambassador. I benefit greatly from the knowledge within the ambassador network. In my current job position at the Programme of Landscape Management at Gothenburg University, I continue to develop entrepreneurship in the lanscape.
Contact: Phone:+46 701 73 24 69, Email:
My name is Berit Bertilsson and I am a Skogsmulle (transl. "Swedish forest troll") both in private and for the association of Outdoor Life; Friluftsfrämjandet. Nature and sustainable lifestyle are issues very close to my heart.
I live in Ekby just south of Mariestad, immersed in nature and "in the middle of the world." Here, I run a sewing workshop, focusing on recycling textiles, alternations, and eco-labeled textiles. To reuse/recycle is integral to the Biosphere where life cycles and sustainable development is a central concern.
My name is Ola Göransson and I run the enterprise Cellma AB, a small consultancy focusing on development and sustainability issues. In my work I meet lots of people and come across many different companies and organizations in various ways interested in sustainable development. I am glad to be able ot tell everyone that I live and work in a Biosphere Reserve which serves as a model area for sustainability. This tends to rise most people's interest. I like to test out good ideas and try sometimes to make them a reality. A recent example from the tourism industry is the social enterprise Hållbart Avstamp (transl. "Sustainable Initiative") where I am one of the founders. I have also spent several years to attempt to increase usage of biogas in different ways and of course I drive a biogas-powered car myself!
I spend much time on Mount Kinnekulle where I have an old, nice cottage. I'm interested in nature and culture and have long been an active member of Råbäck mechanical stonemasonry. Geology, industrial and cultural history around traditional stone usage are areas that I would like to see developed more. I am also convinced that there are many other great opportunities for our Biosphere Reserve. As a Biosphere Ambassador I hope to help bring attention to these and help to make a reality of at least some of the ideas that emerge.
"Mount Kinnekulle, culture, meetings and Sustainable Development is my life, you see..."
My name is Märtha Gustafsson. I have recently become a proud mother and I also run a "newborn" company called Kreativt Avstamp (transl. "Creative Starting Point"). My business is centered around meetings, sustainable tourism, creativity and collaboration. Through my service as a project manager and lecturer, I would like to help in process development around sustainability projects and creative tourist packages, I offer tourists something unique and green. Since I am both working and living in the Biosphere Reserve and since I am actively dealing with issues close to my heart, such as interaction, culture and sustainability, it is obvious that I am a very proud Biosphere Ambassador who talk about this amazing area on a daily basis and who want to be a positive force for development in the area. With the ambition to make even more people aware of the Biosphere Reserve, I became a certified biosphere guide in 2011.
My name is Anna Kelemen Ejstes, I am a freelance interpreter and also a politician in the municipality of Lidköping. I was born and raised in Debrecen, Hungary, near the Hungarian Great Plain. Southern Sweden became my home in 1986 and when I moved to Lidköping in 2002, I laid my eyes on Lake Vänern for the first time. It was love at first sight, with both the city, the lake, and surrounding areas.
As a member of Lidköping City Council, I have a unique opportunity to influence and monitor the Green Party's interest and ideology. Our motto is - to think globally and act locally! - We can not do everything, but everyone can do something!
As one of the proud Biosphere Ambassadors of Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle, I have the unique opportunity to work with our beautiful countryside with all the talented entrepreneurs, interest groups, associations, etc. I want to create a paradise on earth for everyone who want to visit and enjoy it, not least for future generations.
If you have any opinions or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me!
My name is Ada Arenander and I live and work in Mariestad since 2010. I am an architect, who grew up in Skövde, lived nine years in Germany and thirteen years in Norway. It was great to return to this region - for its closeness to various great excursion destinations. It is unique with so many different habitats within such a short radius!
But much has changed in the twenty years I have been away. Many meadows have disappeared - the extensive overgrowth is tragic. In other places, such Brommö and Hovden (= popular tourist destinations), the wear and tare of the grounds has been so heavy that there is no undergrowth left. The agricultural landscape has also undergone major changes. The fields have become gigantic, barns fall and larks silenced. The town of Mariestad struggle with empty office spaces in the center, businesses are moving to the larger town of Skövde and retailers find it hard to survive. There has been growing gaps in society, with a harsher climate, visible especially in the housing sector.
As an architect, I daily encounter issues dealing with resource management. This can include the efficient use of space in the planning of buildings, adaptation to the plot, the integration of solar cells in facades and roofs, passive house design, material usage, recycling and so on.
During the next few years, I believe that the construction sector will focus on renovation of existing buildings - where energy saving measures will be a big part. It is very important to find new functions for the empty premises - find new activities and create room for meeting places. With rising commodity prices, re-use and recycling will become even more interesting. The architecture will create a "new timeless reuse minimalist aesthetics" - because we will not be able to afford to wear down our resources.
My name is Karolina Ringdahl and I work as an ecologist, energy and climate adviser in Götene municipality. I believe it is our common responsibility to think and live sustainably in order to preserve our beautiful environment for future generations. To do this in a good way, and together with continuous development of the area. In Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle there are a great number of interesting places to visit and I try hard myself to check things off the long list of what I want to do. I am a proud Biosphere Ambassador and I would like to attract visitors to see this area and talk about our biosphere.
Contact: Phone: +46 511 38 62 32,
Camilla Andersson, Martin Bolms, Inger Larsson, Marianne Lindwall, Lars Jonegård, Ylva Lindström, Susanne Wångdahl, Birgitta Svensson, Anders Jonsson, Helene Knutsson, Sofia Svensson, Bo Bergman