SwedBio's objective is to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable livelihoods, equity and human wellbeing through development towards resilient ecosystems and societies, especially taking into account the need for adaptation and mitigation to ecosystems change such as climate change. To reach this aim SwedBio promotes sustainable ecosystem management – in a landscape and seascape perspective – and development of good governance.
The work of SwedBio can be divided into three strategies presented below.
International policy and methods development
SwedBio contributes – as partner, advisor and facilitator – to the development of international policy and methods contributing to sustainable governance and management of social-ecological systems. Three examples of international policy processes SwedBio contributes to are the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the UN-led process to develop Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Through financial support, SwedBio also contributes to opportunities for institutes, universities, networks, and civil society organisations in developing countries to participate and inform major policy arenas where international (and regional) decisions are taken, and to bring information back to the local level.
During recent years, SwedBio has played a unique role as organiser and facilitator of multi-actor dialogue between diverse actors on different scales such as UN organisations, governments, scientists, civil society – including indigenous peoples' and local communities' organisations – as well as private sector.
In this spirit of dialogue and co-creation of knowledge SwedBio is also contributing to method developments related to for example Resilience Assessments, Ecosystem assessments and Indicators, the Multiple Evidence Base (MEB) approach and Biodiversity Financing including Safeguards.
Read more about SwedBio’s multi-actor dialogues
SwedBio’s Collaborative Programme
Through the Collaborative Programme SwedBio provides financial support to a limited number of strategic initiatives in line with SwedBio’s objectives.
Read more about the Collaborate Programme, our partners and criterias for receiving support
Communications and training
SwedBio facilitates dialogues and conducts seminars, produces fact sheets and policy briefs, holds lectures and produces case studies in order to contribute to exchange and learning between practitioners, science and policy. SwedBio is currently also contributing to several e-learning initiatives.