SwedBio is a knowledge interface between practice, policy and science, on issues concerning poverty alleviation, sustainable livelihoods, equity and human wellbeing through development towards resilient ecosystems and societies. It also facilitates funding to related initiatives with partner organizations and institutions in developing countries and facilitates access and participation of developing country actors in international policy development. Maria has her formal education in Systems Ecology and communication, but has also taken courses in psychology and philosophy.
Previous work experiences includes positions at an indigenous peoples organization in the Amazon region; at the Swedish Ministry of Environment as CBD focal point; at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); at NGOs; and at Universities and in consultancy. During 2013 Maria lead the Swedish Government Inquiry ”Making the value of ecosystem services visible” with 25 action points as a “Proposal to enhance well-being through biodiversity and ecosystem services”, demonstrating that the value of dialogues and learning processes together with actors is part of crafting solutions. She has also lead and organized international multi-actor dialogues such as the Quito dialogues around finding solutions for financing of biodiversity including designing incentives, with an understanding of equity and local context. These dialogues have been organized in close collaboration with convener countries and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Maria has also been working with the development of Safeguards related to financing mechanisms and been part of the CBD appointed High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and also as an appointed expert undertaking a Global GEF funding needs assessment for the CBD. She has been involved in the follow up of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the development of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and is presently working with ecosystem assessments and resilience assessments for practitioners.
She has long experience of the negotiations under the CBD and implementation related to CBD decisions as part of the Ministry of Environment and as advisor from Stockholm Resilience Centre. Lately, she has also been involved in the development of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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
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...