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The Stockholm Resilience Centre, together with its founding partner the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, will as of March 2019 be official partners of the Natural Capital Project (NatCap), an international collaboration looking to better integrate the value nature provides to society.
NatCap is centered at Stanford University and includes the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund as core members.
“We are honoured to formally welcome the Stockholm Resilience Centre into the core NatCap partnership. The powerful team at SRC will strengthen our initiatives in scientific innovation and help open new pathways towards green, inclusive growth around the world," says professor Gretchen Daily, founder and faculty director of the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University.
The new partnership accelerates the research currently under development between the centre, the Beijer Institute and NatCap scientists. The Swedish collaborators bring knowledge and research on the broad areas of resilience, complex adaptive social-ecological systems, and biosphere stewardship to the Natural Capital Project network.
The official announcement of the partnership will take place at the 2019 Natural Capital Symposium in March, the Natural Capital Project’s annual gathering where global leaders converge at Stanford University.
The work and perspectives of the Natural Capital team brilliantly complement our work on resilience. It is very exciting that our long and productive collaboration will now flourish even more
Carl Folke, science director SRC and director of the Beijer Institute
Two research programmes funded by the Swedish Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation will serve as the cornerstone for the partnership, providing new insights on how humans shape the environment from local to global levels and how we can create pathways for sustainability.
Three years into the first funding cycle, the research programme has generated more than 50 scientific publications. The researchers are exploring scientific frontiers that connect people and nature. From food systems to livable cities, they are applying unique lenses to better understand how development--both socially and economically--influences the wellbeing of humans and the resilience of the biosphere.
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