On Thursday 21 November, The Crown Princess visited the Stockholm Resilience Centre to find out about their research into socioecological systems.
The day was introduced by Johan Rockström, Professor of Environmental Science at Stockholm University and Head of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Line Gordon, one of the research leaders at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, conducted the morning session, during which The Crown Princess heard two talks: Resilience Thinking and Complexity, about basic theory and practical application in studies of socioecological systems, and Water: the Circulation of the Biosphere, about how the entire landscape is managed for diversity of ecosystem services.
The talks and discussions continued after lunch. Carl Folke, Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, hosted the afternoon session which addressed issues such as how people can work together with the biosphere and deal with today's challenges, from a local scale to a global scale, and the significance of players, networks and institutions in achieving change.
The day concluded with a discussion on what Sweden can do to become a world leader in environmental matters.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre is an international interdisciplinary centre for research into socioecological systems, i.e. systems where mankind and nature are studied as an integrated whole.
The focus is on the resilience of systems — their ability to cope with change and to be developed further. The aim is to contribute new insights and tools that permit ecosystem service production that is sustainable in the long term, and stronger resilience for human welfare.
The Stockholm Resilience Centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The centre is funded by the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra.