Seminar 28 November 2017 celebrating Volvo Environment Prize Laureate Professor Rashid Sumaila’s work. Additional speakers: Maria van Berlekom, Lead Policy Specialist, Environment and Climate Change, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida; Associate Professor Beatrice Crona, Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Program, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; Professor Carl Folke, Stockholm Resiience Centre and the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics

Rashid Sumaila, the Volvo Environment Prize laureate 2017 is professor and an expert on the economy of fisheries. He is Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Institute of the Oceans and Fisheries and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


The global ocean and the future of humanity

See video from seminar with Professor Rashid Sumaila, one of the world’s most innovative researchers on the future of the oceans


The seminar focused on the global ocean, celebrating Volvo Environment Prize Laureate Professor Rashid Sumaila’s work. The ocean is a fundamental sink of carbon dioxide and plays a critical role in stabilizing the Earth biophysical processes. It also provides food and employment for millions of people and is substantially influenced by climate change, overfishing and pollution.

The seminar explored pathways to ensure that the ocean can continue to provide for humanity, while also protecting its intrinsic values and the structure and function of ecosystems. Furthermore, how protection and use of the ocean can provide benefits from these global commons, in a fair way, to citizens of all nations.

Professor Rashid Sumaila is one of the world’s most innovative researchers on the future of the oceans. He integrates social and economic dimensions with ecology, law, fisheries science and traditional knowledge to build novel pathways towards sustainable fisheries, with a focus on equity and local livelihoods. Find more information about Professor Rashid Sumaila on

The seminar was honoured by the presence of HRH Crown Princess Victoria. Music was played by El Perro del Mar.

As part of the seminar, SRC science director Carl Folke held a talk on "global development on an intertwined planet" which was followed by a panel debate discussing development and the future of the oceans:


Event details

Tuesday 28 November 2017, 13.00 -16.00
The Beijer Hall, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm


Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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