Colombian environmental policy
Centre research on 'institutional misfit', the limited capacity of institutions to deal with environmental change, contributed directly to the Fundación Humedales de Colombia's work in bridging the gap between ecosystem dynamics and governance of the Fúgene wetland complex in Colombian Andes. The Colombian NGO developed programmes to build capacity among local stakeholders in order to enhance their ability to monitor change and manage the lake system.
In 2009, centre researcher Victor Galaz taught a course on complexity and social sciences. The lecture caught the interest of, the then student, Brigitte Baptiste, who later went on to become the director of the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute in Colombia. The institute advises the Colombian government on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
In 2010, coinciding with the International Year of Biodiversity, Colombia revisited its biodiversity strategies. The SRC was contacted and invited to provide input on governance for a new biodiversity plan prepared by the Colombian Minister of Environment. The Humboldt Institute also asked for input on science-policy engagement strategies and research methods that could support their new biodiversity strategy.
The outcome was a re-framing of Colombian biodiversity policy towards an increased emphasis on social-ecological systems and how multiple actors interact in governance.
In 2012, the Colombian Embassy in Stockholm and the Minister of the Environment invited the centre to discuss future collaborations, particularly how the centre can provide further scientific support to the country's work on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Research news | 2018-07-10
The World in 2050 initiative launches new report outlining synergies and benefits that render the goals achievable
Educational news | 2018-07-02
LEAP our leadership programme designed for changemakers that want to lead social-ecological transformations to sustainability. Application deadline is 5 August 2018.
Research news | 2018-06-27
Overfishing, fractured international relationships and political conflicts loom as fish migrate more unpredictably because of climate change. Here is how to deal with it
Research news | 2018-06-26
Profit-maximizing approaches are most likely to produce outcomes that harm people or the environment. But it depends on the circumstances whether a sustainable or a safe approach is most suitable, new study argues
General news | 2018-06-20
Will lead a redesign of the organisational structure at the centre
Research news | 2018-06-20
New book chapter looks into the economic, cultural and ecological reasons why some people leave the fisheries and aquaculture sector, and what could be done to reverse the trend