Pernilla Malmer

Pernilla Malmer is an agronomist by training and holds a comprehensive professional experience of organizational development and working with indigenous peoples organizations and networks, farmers’ organizations, NGOs and biodiversity/agriculture networks in general, from local to global scales, in Sweden as well as in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Her expertise comprises the various aspects of biocultural divbersity: agricultural biodiversity and farming systems, indigenous and local knowledge systems, as well as the corresponding links to social-ecological resilience and human wellbeing. She has a special interest in equity and human rights aspects on ecosystem management. Access and benefit sharing (ABS) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) related to indigenous peoples, smallholder farmers, indigenous and local knowledge and genetic resources are other aspects of Pernilla’s professional experiences.

Policy and methods development

Pernilla holds extensive experiences from national and international policy processes related to biodiversity and ecosystem governance, from the local to the global, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) and the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT PGRFA) to name a few.

Resilience assessments and ecosystem assessments, field based monitoring and evaluation of biodiversity based projects and programmes in development co-operation, as well as project management and coordination of international development co-operation programmes, workshops and dialogues are other important parts of Pernillas expertise related to policy and methods development.

Connecting diverse knowledge systems

Pernilla has a focus on bridging and transdiciplinary work related to connecting across diverse knowledge systems at SRC and SwedBio. This collaboration with indigenous peoples and local communities and their organizations, scientific institutions, governments, and UN bodies has advanced through a serie of Dialogue workshops – for instants the Guna Yala Dialogue – and is aiming at strengthening exchange and cross-fertilization between knowledge systems in an equal, legitimate, transparent and useful way; connecting diverse knowledge systems for better ecosystem governance and improved knowledge generation, ecosystem assessments and capacity building in knowledge related processes such as the IPBES.

Multiple Evidence Base approach
The dialogues across knowledge systems have inspired and contributed to the process of developing the Multiple Evidence Base (MEB) approach to connect diverse knowledge systems.  Multiple Evidence Base (MEB) proposes a parallel approach whereby indigenous, local and scientific knowledge systems are viewed to generate different manifestations of knowledge, which, through complementarities, can generate new ideas and innovations. The MEB emphasizes that evaluation of knowledge occurs within rather than across knowledge systems. A MEB on a particular issue creates an enriched picture of understanding, for triangulation and joint assessment of knowledge, and a starting point for further knowledge generation. More on MEB

Agricultural biodiversity and social-ecological systems
Another part of Pernilla’s work is related to agrobiodiversity and traditional knowledge as a base for sustainable management and governance of social-ecological landscapes. Final reportPDF (pdf, 1.4 MB)

Further, Pernilla is actively nurturing the biocultural diversity in practice as a gardener, seed-saver, mushroom-picker, shepherd and farm-worker in her own neighbourhood in Uppsala and in Hälsingland.


Contact Pernilla Malmer

Senior Adviser at SwedBio
Phone: +46 (0)730 296 303