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Lars supports and coordinates the director’s, Johan Rockström’s, commitments in bridging science with policy, practice, business and society as a whole. He provides strategic and analytical support in projects and initiatives lead by or closely followed by the executive director. He also assists in writing science-based reports, articles and op-eds that support SRC’s efforts.
He acts as a link between the director, SRC management and its research staff, and helps maintain and develop strategic relations between SRC management and external scientific partners, nationally and internationally.
Lars obtained a PhD in Conservation biology from Uppsala University in 2001. He collaborated with researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, bridging conservation biology and plant breeding projects. Following graduation, he worked as a secretary for the Swedish Scientific Council on Biological Diversity. The council’s main task was to represent Sweden at scientific and technical meetings under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The council also contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and, in particular, its follow up, leading to the establishment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Lars has spent most of his career at the Ministry of Environment, Sweden, mainly as the coordinator of international policy development related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including science-policy dialogues and research policy, and contributing to the formulation and implementation of Agenda 2030. He also developed national policy on ecosystem services. He was the principal secretary to Maria Schultz’s 2013 Swedish Government Inquiry on Making the value of ecosystem services visible, and, subsequently, functions as coordinator of the implementation of the Government’s milestone targets on ecosystem services.
During the Swedish presidency of the European Union in 2009, Lars served as the chair of expert deliberations on genetic resources, in preparation of the Nagoya Protocol in 2010. He was also a government-appointed member of the Nordic Genetic Resources Council, acting as its chair in 2008. He coordinated the EU presidency’s leadership of the Council Working group on International Environmental Issues, collaborating with a network of Swedish scientific institutions, including SRC, in the formulation of the global Strategic plan for biodiversity 2011-2020.