Maria is the director of SwedBio, a knowledge interface at Stockholm Resilience Centre that enables knowledge generation, dialogue, and exchange between practitioners, policymakers, and scientists for development and implementation of policies and methods at multiple scales. SwedBio works with international processes, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). SwedBio is a collaborative programme, and contributes to a number of organisations and strategic initiatives in developing countries (low income countries and least developed countries).
Maria is also policy director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where she coordinates high-level engagement and multi-actor dialogues with national and international policy relating to the Sustainable Development Goals, CBD, IPBES, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UN Habitat, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the European Union, Global Environment Facility, among others.
Presently she also holds a position at the Swedish Ministry of Environment to contribute to the development of a Swedish position for long term engagement in CBD, in light of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.
For three decades, Maria has worked in international policy and practice for biodiversity and development.
Maria has worked with CBD in a number of capacities. She is an experienced negotiator and has served on the Swedish CBD (2003-2005), and has initiated, coordinated, co-chaired the Quito Dialogues (2012) to scale up biodiversity finance. She has co-chaired CBD’s expert group on Biodiversity for Poverty Eradication and Development (2013), and has worked with the development of safeguards related to financing mechanisms. She has been part of the CBD appointed high-level panel on global assessment of resources, which will contribute to a strategic plan for biodiversity (2011-2020).
She has been closely involved in intergovernmental negotiations to establish IPBES, and also led a pre-study for a IPBES-like Nordic ecosystem assessment for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. She has extensive experience working with policy and practice related to Resilience Assessments. In 2013, Maria led the Swedish Government’s inquiry, “Making the value of ecosystem services visible - Proposal to enhance well-being through biodiversity and ecosystem services,” which with 25 action points demonstrates the value of dialogue and learning processes with actors as part of crafting solutions.
Maria also has previously worked in positions within indigenous peoples organization in the Amazon region; at the Swedish Ministry of Environment as CBD focal point, and responsible for agriculture issues, and the development of the Swedish Environmental quality objective on Biodiversity; at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); as well as at NGOs and universities.
Lately, she was involved in the development of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Selected assignments and processes:
Research news | 2016-11-29
New discussion paper demonstrates the links between the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals
Research news | 2016-02-29
Centre’s approach to social-ecological systems helps support UN biodiversity assessment
Research news | 2016-01-20
Economic instruments for biodiversity and ecosystem services need not rely on markets or monetary valuation
Research news | 2013-10-15
Report on the value of ecosystem services handed over to Swedish government
2015 - Policy brief or report
The co-chairs – Edgar Selvin Pérez, Central American and Dominican Republic Program ABS/CCAD-GIZ & Fundación Junej Tˋinam, Guatemala, and Maria Schultz, SwedBio at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden, take full responsibility for this Co-chairs’ Summary of The Dialogue Workshop on Assessment of Collective Action in Biodiversity Conservation. The report has been produced by the co-chairs, and Pernilla Malmer, SwedBio at Stockho...
2015 - Journal / article
Commodification of nature refers to the expansion of market trade to previously non-marketed spheres. This is a contested issue both in the scientific literature and in policy deliberations. The aim of this paper is to analytically clarify and distinguish between different purposes and degrees of commodification and to focus attention to the safeguards: the detailed institutional design. We identify six degrees of commodifica...
2015 - Journal / article
The first public product of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is its Conceptual Framework. This conceptual and analytical tool, presented here in detail, will underpin all IPBES functions and provide structure and comparability to the syntheses that IPBES will produce at different spatial scales, on different themes, and in different regions. Salient innovative aspects of the IPBES...
2014 - Policy brief or report
This policy report examines the notion of safeguards in biodiversity financing mechanisms (BFMs) under the Convention on Biological Diversity, in order to inform discussions in CBD-COP12. It explores key elements in the process of scaling-up biodiversity financing for achieving the CBD objectives. It is a result of a lengthy and collaborative process which has benefited from inputs and comments from Parties and other relevan...