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Centre secures 28 MSEK research funding in two new Formas grants

Centre researchers Steven Lade and Lan Wang-Erlandsson and their respective teams have received new funding. Photo: Stockholm Resilience Centre.

The two grants worth 14 million SEK each will focus on the intersection of climate, water and biodiversity


Centre researcher Lan Wang-Erlandsson leads one of the teams that receive funding.

“This is an excellent opportunity to continue our research on climate mitigation, forest resilience and water-related feedbacks. I’m really thankful for everybody who contributed to the proposal and the team that will be driving this research together with me.”

Her project will look at the resilience of forest-based climate change mitigation. The research project is a joint effort together with the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and the WaterCentre@KTH, and partly follows from a previous collaboration on freshwater’s role in climate mitigation with SIWI, PIK and others.

This is an excellent opportunity to continue our research on climate mitigation, forest resilience and water-related feedbacks.

Centre researcher Lan Wang-Erlandsson

Steven Lade and his team received the other 14 million SEK grant with a project that aims to create a new tool that will help companies account for climate, water, and biodiversity interactions in their investments. The project builds on previous work on interactions between planetary boundaries and on an Earth system impact score for companies and investors.

“I’m really happy that we got funding for this project. It has the potential to make it much easier for companies to properly measure and assess their systemic impacts on the environment. I also want to extend a big thanks to all friends and colleagues who have been part of this work so far and who will continue to do so during the upcoming years.”

Both research projects will run for four years each with the possibility of being extended by another four.

Formas is the Swedish government’s research council for sustainable development. The council funds research and innovation, develops strategies, analyses and evaluations. It is active within the fields of environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning.

This call by Formas funds research that contributes to a better understanding of how climate, water and biodiversity interact. The aim is to prepare societies to take better evidence-based decisions and measures with regard to climate, water and biodiversity.

Topics: Funding
Published: 2023-09-04

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