SwedBio has received funding from Sida for a new programme phase 2016-2019. Through its Collaborative Programme it will support a limited number of strategic initiatives in developing countries.

During the coming four years SwedBio will continue to explore – together with partners from developing countries – its role as a “knowledge interface” on resilience and development at Stockholm Resilience Centre.

It will continue its overarching focus on bridging between practitioners, policy makers and scientists, with the intention to contribute to improved understanding, knowledge generation, management and good governance of social-ecological systems.

“The new programme phase offers an opportunity to both deepen and broaden our work on biodiversity and ecosystems and its relation to poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods. We look forward to explore this together with current and new project partners linked to the new programme focal areas,” says Maria Schultz, director of SwedBio.

The goal of the Collaborative Programme is to support, collaborate and learn from strategic initiatives of relevance for SwedBio’s objectives. The initiatives should also be related to the thematic and functional focal areas of the new SwedBio programme for 2016-2019. Click here for a summary of the 2016-2019 Swedbio programme, including criteria for receiving support.

SwedBio can support networks, independent action-oriented research institutes, think-tank institutions, and civil society organizations, primarily based in developing countries (low income countries and least developed countries), and that are implementing activities in these countries.

For a discussion about proposals for the coming phase, please contact us as soon as possible at swedbio@stockholmresilience.su.se.

About Swedbio
SwedBio was established by Sida in 2002 to meet the growing international concern regarding negative effects on biodiversity and the need for joint policies and strategies to deal with global environmental challenges.

Hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, SwedBio has developed into a programme with increased emphasis on the ‘knowledge interface’ role – facilitating connections across knowledge systems and cultures. This role involves bridging between scientists, practitioners, and policy makers, with the intention to contribute to improved understanding, knowledge generation, management and good governance of social-ecological systems.

The Development Objective (Vision) for SwedBio 2016-2019 is shared with SRC’s vision: “A world where social-ecological systems are understood, governed and managed, to enhance human well-being and the capacity to deal with complexity and change, for the sustainable co-evolution of human civilizations with the biosphere.”

The SwedBio Programme Objective (Mission) is to: “Enable knowledge generation, dialogue and exchange between practitioners, policymakers and scientists for development and implementation of policies and methods at multiple scales – which contribute to poverty alleviation, equity, sustainable livelihoods and social-ecological systems rich in biodiversity that persist, adapt and transform under global change such as climate change.”

To reach the Programme Objective and, ultimately, the Development Objective, SwedBio will work with the two interlinked Components: 1) Knowledge Interface, and 2) Collaborative Programme. In these components, SwedBio will work on the following thematic focal areas:

– Livelihoods, Food and Health

– Cities and Biodiversity

– Biocultural Diversity

– Climate Change and Ecosystems

– Values and Governance

– Assessments and Indicators

SwedBio will work within all these themes in an integrated manner and with the following functional focal areas:

– Dialogues and Learning

– Art and Culture

– Communication and Training