The Stockholm Resilience Centre was established on 1 January 2007.
Annual report 2012 (pdf, 2.6 MB)
Annual report 2011 (printer-friendly version) (pdf, 2.1 MB) / screen-friendly version (pdf, 2.9 MB)
Annual report 2010 (pdf, 8.8 MB)
Appendix for Annual report 2010 (pdf, 300.7 kB)
Annual report 2009 (pdf, 3 MB)
Annual report 2008 (pdf, 1.9 MB)
Annual Report 2007 (pdf, 2.3 MB)
The centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The centre is funded by the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra.
The FORMAS-provided project Resilience and Sustainability: Integrated Research on Social-Ecological Systems, is an acknowledgement of Stockholm Resilience Centre also being a Swedish Centre of Excellence.
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Building a unique transdisciplinary research environment
In June 2006 Mistra decided to invest 205 million Swedish crowns (22 million Euros, or close to 30 million USD) in the creation of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Mistra's grant will be distributed over a period of 12 years: 2.7 million Euros during a three year start-up phase (2007-2009), and then 8.7 million Euros during the coming four years (2010-2013). After that, an evaluation will be conducted before the remaining 11 million Euros are handed out. All in all, the centre's yearly budget is expected to be 4.8 million Euros once it is up and running.
The aim is to create a world-leading transdisciplinary research centre that advances the understanding of complex social-ecological systems and generates new and elaborated insights and means for the development of management and governance practices. The new centre will advise policymakers from all over the world, and develop innovative collaboration with relevant actors on local social-ecological systems to the global policy arena.
"In order to solve the great environmental problems of the world, we need to change course. Our hope is that the Stockholm Resilience Centre will contribute essential knowledge that is needed to steer development onto a sustainable path," says Johan Rockström, Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre.
"We want to build a unique transdisciplinary research environment where innovative ideas can flourish. By combining new forms of cooperation with a holistic perspective, we hope to generate the insights that are needed to strengthen societies' and the ecosystems' capacities to meet a world which spins faster and faster," says Carl Folke, Science Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre.
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Behind Mistra's commitment lies the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a UN-led study on the world's ecosystems which was released in 2005.
In it, 1400 experts state that the ecosystems which are the basis for human welfare and economic development are deteriorating. Today, 60 per cent of the free ecosystem services that we use are exploited in an unsustainable manner.
Crucial ecosystem services such as air- and water purification, the pollination of crops and the seas' capacity to produce fish are in serious decline. The changes are occurring so rapidly today that society is unable to adapt to the new environmental circumstances and thus cannot effectively develop strategies and frameworks for sustainable use of the ecosystems.
"Our societies are an integrated part of the biosphere and dependent upon functioning ecosystems. That is why we need to manage ecosystems so that we can handle the future's challenges and maintain our capacity to evolve in a positive way," says Carl Folke.