UNESCO cooperation on biosphere research

Collaboration with UNESCO on promoting Biosphere resilience

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The Stockholm Resilience Centre will collaborate with UNESCO on promoting Biosphere Resilience, a research approach analysing the dynamics between ecosystem services, climate change and economic progress as one single field of study.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed at UNESCO´s 34th session of the General Conference in Paris 19 October 2007.

The cooperation between the parties will primarily build on the framework of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, United Nations' big health check of the earth´s ecosystem services.

- The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment provided a road map. Now we can take the next step together with UNESCO by analysing all aspects at the same time of the dynamics between ecosystems, climate change and the UN development goals. Thereby we hope to avoid traps often fallen into when analysing these aspects separately, says Professor Thomas Elmqvist, Chair of the Man and Biosphere Programme at UNESCO.

World's most prominent scientists
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr Marcio N. Barbosa, Deputy Director-General, UNESCO in the presence of Mr Lars Leijonborg, Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research at a ceremony during UNESCO´s 34th session of the General Conference in Paris in October 2007.

In connection with the ceremony a panel discussion titled Biosphere Resilience took place, chaired by Dr Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director General for Sciences (UNESCO) and facilitated by Professor Thomas Elmqvist.

The Biosphere Resilience Panel Discussion gathered a handful of the world´s most prominent scientists in this field, including;

- Professeur Robert Barbault, Muséum National d´Histore Naturelle (France)
- Professor Carl Folke, Science Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University and Director of the Beijer Institute (Sweden)
- Dr Anne Larigauderie, Director (DIVERSITAS)
- Professor Thomas Rosswall, Executive Director, International Council for Science (ICSU)


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UNESCO and Stockholm Resilience Centre are together aiming at five specific areas;

1. Building capacities in developing countries for sustainability science

2. Achieving understanding of links between society and environmental goals

3. Promoting education for sustainable development across the world

4. Contributing to stronger linkages between science and policy at all levels

5. Contributing to building knowledge societies for sustainability

The collaboration will be carried out on location in Sweden, Canada, France, several African countries and in the Mekong region etc.


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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