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seminar with the swedish king
The centre, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and World Wide Fund for Nature hosted on 19 October a roundtable “Who Owns the Planet?” on the rights to land, water, oceans and biodiversity.
The roundtable was a gift to the King of Sweden on his 70th birthday. The importance of different kinds of ownership and rights to nature was discussed. Special emphasis was given to governance of shared resources, like land, water, forests, fish and other wildlife, in order to secure conservation goals and sustainable use of these resources for human development.
“The stability and resilience of the Earth system, and hence human development, is dependent upon both the global commons as recognized under international law and also the resources within national jurisdictions, for example rainforests, sea ice, mangroves and biodiversity. It is now essential to rethink the commons and embark on a grand transformation to achieve global sustainability,” said centre director Johan Rockström.
Thriving on a full planet
Centre researcher and GRAID-programme director, Belinda Reyers, gave a presentation entitled “Thriving on a full planet: rethinking our relationship with the biosphere”. She stressed that now, when we are living on a human dominated planet, we need to be better at assessing how people benefit from natural resources and ecosystem services beyond the actual land or water area where they are generated.
The dialogue was initiated in response to His Majesty’s interest to learn more about these issues and how they are connected to development possibilities and challenges.
Seeking a balance between challenges and solutions, the seminar included topics like: land tenure and resource security in Nairobi; water rights in India; wildlife conservation in Namibia; land rights in Swedish Sápmi; sustainable use of biodiversity in South Africa; development of “The Blue Economy” around the Baltic Sea, and global fisheries rights in relation to trade.
The roundtable included both Swedish and international experts and was held at Ulriksdals Palace just north of Stockholm. In addition to Johan Rockström and Belinda Reyers, it included interventions from centre researchers Thomas Hahn and Beatrice Crona, who spoke on land rights in Swedish Sápmi and fisheries in the context of global trade, respectively.
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