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1 SEI general presentation Stallet, 14 december

2 SEI bridges policy and science Non-profit, independent, international research institute Established in 1989 by the Swedish government Named after the Stockholm UN Conference 1972 Supports decision-making in the field of sustainable development

3 SEI is global and local Europe: Stockholm (headquarters), York, Oxford and Tallinn Asia: Bangkok Africa: Dar es Salaam w even smaller offices in Nairobi and Cape Town North America: Boston, with satellites in California and Seattle

4 SEI – SEI´s research approach... Work in partnerships Strengthen partner capacities Demand-driven, for use Synthesis Policy relevance in the field of environment and sustainable development

5 Our mission is to support decision making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by bridging science and policy in the field of environment and development

6 Challenges 2010-2014 Bending the curve on emissions in the 2015- 2020 window Increasing vulnerabilities and losses of resilience in social-ecological systems Persistent problems of in food, poverty, governance Need for reshaping economic development and innovation agendas

7 SEI Strategy 2010-2014 Investment in four research themes Capitalize on our unique distributed structure Increase Outcomes and policy impact by investing in communications and trans- disciplinary methods Diversify the funding base Invest in leadership, staff development, a One- Institute Culture Develop and implement the SEI PMEC system (a system for Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Communication)

8 SEI Research Themes The themes function as: coordination platforms for our knowledge generation and as units for reporting, monitoring and evaluation of our achievements. Themes have a long-term strategy but also allow for novel research ideas

9 SEI´s four Research Themes Managing Environmental Systems Reducing Climate Risk Transforming Governance Rethinking Development

10 1.Managing Environmental Systems (1.1-1.6) 2.Reducing Climate Risk (2.1-2.5) 3.Transforming Governance (3.1-3.6) 4.Rethinking Development (4.1-4.6) 5.Reaching our goals (5.1-5.12) 6.Delivering Results: mobilising our expertise (6.1-6.12) In total 23 Strategic Research objectives and 24 Strategic objectives related to outcomes, impacts, and institutional development

11 Theme: Managing Env. Systems The goal of Managing Env. Systems is to: Enhance food security for an expected global population of 9 billion people by 2050 Reduce the health impacts caused by air pollution and lack of sustainable sanitation Ensure management of land and water resources to enhance generation of ecosystem services and build resilience

12 Theme: Managing Env. Systems What we will do: 1.1 Support sustainable urbanisation through systemic analyses of urban infrastructures and their service delivery capacity and consequences for communities in relation to land-use, air quality, water resources, sanitation and solid waste. 1.2 Support sustainable bioresource and bioenergy strategies and their governance processes towards securing both food and energy access by collaboratively developing integrated energy and landuse planning approaches to assess the future implications for atmospheric, land and water resources. 1.3 Support the implementation of good governance and management in sustainable agriculture, water security and sanitation in the face of water scarcity, land-use pressures and environmental degradation, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. 1.4 Develop and support the application of tools to analyse the co-benefits of addressing both climate change and air pollution mitigation in relation to ecosystem services with a focus on human health, food security and biodiversity. 1.5 Develop our understanding of biogeochemical cycling (particularly water, carbon and nutrient cycles) to advise policy at global to regional scales through an enhanced understanding of the role the terrestrial biosphere plays in controlling climate feedbacks. 1.6 Turn our experience of building natural resource management models that can deal with land, air and water resources such as WEAP, into the next generation of integrated assessment tools to advise and support policy development and Implementation.

13 Theme: Reducing Climate Risk The goal of Reducing Climate Risk is to: Contribute to a safer climate for all and Support the design, development and implementation of effective and equitable strategies for adaptation and mitigation in developing and developed countries Take into account the broader challenges and policy objectives of sustainable human dev´t

14 Theme: Reducing Climate Risk What we will do 2.1 Conduct research on key areas of adaptation and mitigation, based on a rigorous scientific understanding of climate change and relevant policy regimes, and of the increasing role of climate change in regional and global politics. 2.2. Provide timely, authoritative and pertinent analysis to support policymakers and negotiators, finance institutions, development planners, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders. For example, we advise on equitable effort-sharing through the Greenhouse Development Rights initiative, and together with local experts we analyse the economics of climate change in China and several African countries. We examine the emergence of a new institutional architecture for climate finance, assess the technical and economic potential for greenhouse gas emission reductions in Europe and North America, and analyse the possible consequences of biofuel strategies on food security and ecosystems. 2.3 Address knowledge and capacity deficits that hinder effective action on adaptation and mitigation, through (i) developing collaborative information, training and awareness raising, (ii) promoting knowledge sharing aimed at stimulating social learning, and (iii) supporting national and regional networks, in particular in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For example, we contribute to regional knowledge platforms for climate adaptation, and organise ‘writeshops’ aimed at raining and empowering developing-country academics to publish in peer-reviewed journals. 2.4 Pioneer and apply innovative analytical tools and collaborative platforms to support action on climate change, including the integrated energy planning tool LEAP and the weADAPT platform for sharing knowledge on adaptation. As well as supporting analysts and decisionmakers, these tools serve to build flourishing communities of practice. 2.5 Work with local, national, regional and international organisations and networks to explore and promote pathways towards effective and equitable climate policy. Our partners include renowned universities and academic institutes around the world, international policymakers such as the UN Climate Change Secretariat, civil society organisations and networks, and the private sector. An example of the latter is our partnership with 3C, a global initiativeof business leaders, to produce in-depth research at the intersection of climate policy and business.

15 Theme: Transforming Governance The goal of Transforming Governance is: the widespread improvement of governance for sustainable livelihoods through fostering learning and collective action within civil society, markets and the public sphere

16 Theme: Transforming Governance What we will do: 3.1 Advance knowledge on livelihoods improvement and social change with particular emphasis on governance and institutional dynamics (including issues of land tenure, land rights, agrarian policies, urban and rural development and entrepreneurship; vis-à-vis the role of the state, the private sector and trade regimes). 3.2 Develop syntheses and scenarios to provide insights, tools and approaches that integrate livelihoods, adaptation, vulnerability, risk, gender, equity and economics for improved analysis of the potential impacts of social, economic and environmental change on communities. 3.3 Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue in the review and analysis of the effectiveness of relevant policy processes to support social learning, adaptation, resilience, livelihoods development and the transformation of communities towards sustainable development pathways. 3.4 Develop evidence and methodologies to stimulate the inclusion of stakeholder perspectives and the generation of a more complete understanding of the consequences of different policy choices for livelihoods improvement and sustainable development. 3.5 Counteract perverse policy outcomes by supporting the new international development architecture with innovative mechanisms and procedures. 3.6 Evaluate and disseminate knowledge on the impact of action plans, governance arrangements, and practices for sustainable development to key stakeholders and policy-makers.

17 Theme: Rethinkning Development The goal of Rethinking Development is: the widespread adoption of new development visions and pathways for governing the globalised economy and environment. This requires articulation of sectoral and regional development paths within sustainable boundaries, including more sustainable consumption and production patterns, a new green revolution, and eco-efficient economic change. understanding of how to put in place a new economic paradigm for development as well as radical change in governance, institutions and policies that can catalyze transitions to sustainability. As well as understanding global ecological limits, issues of wellbeing and equality are key foundations of a sustainable world.

18 Theme: Rethinking development What we will do: 4.1 Provide policy analysis and support on low carbon development pathways and the green economy in the North and South, at multiple scales. 4.2 Provide policy analysis and support for sustainable consumption and production in developed and transitional countries. 4.3 Collaboratively develop and support the application of methods, scenario approaches, and analytical tools such as REAP and LEAP to socially and environmentally sustainable pathways of development. 4.4 Advance research on governance and economic transformations that could lead to a transition to ecologically sustainable, equitable, global development. 4.5 Provide policy analysis to question, elaborate and support dialogue on concepts that enter into international treaties, such as equity and responsibility, to help decision-makers establish and implement policies that will encourage and sustain more equitable societies. 4.6 Synthesize SEI knowledge for input to global assessments and dialogues such as the Global Environmental Outlook, Rio plus 20 and various global energy, water, air and climate change assessment.

19 SEI strives to help the planet stay on the right side of the tipping points

20 Reaching our goals Making an impact Credibility Knowledge networks Communication

21 Managing Environmental Systems Rethinking development Transforming Governance Reducing Climate Risk SEI Tallinn SEI Africa SEI York SEI US SEI Asia SEI Oxford SEI HQ Stockholm Organisation

22 Ecosystem Services in China SEI is a core partner in the CCICED Task Force on Ecosystem Services and management strategies The research was presented to the Primeminister Wen Jiabao in November

23 Black carbon Assessment: Measures to Limit Near-Term Climate Change and Improve Air Quality Progress in the development of the UNEP integrated assessment focussing on tropospheric ozone and black carbon. SEI forms Scientific Secretariat of this assessment and has set it up with UNEP in 2009 and 10, following on from the Co-benefits conference in Stockholm in 2008. SEI staff involved in coordination: Johan Kuylenstierna York and Kevin Hicks SEI staff involved as lead authors: Lisa Emberson, Harry Vallack, Kevin Hicks, Johan Kuylenstierna International team of authors: Chair Drew Shindell

24 Result for Global Temperature Change (with observations, vs 1890-1910 mean) from the hybrid of results from NASA-GISS and ECHAM GCMs added to the historical record Notes: reference = IEA baseline with current legislation Climate 450 except methane = CO 2 reductions Blue line – BC and ozone measures – no CO 2 bottom pink line = BC, Ozone and CO 2 measures

25 Follow-Up Activities CLIMAIRQ – EU FP7 proposal for work on black carbon and tropospheric ozone, including some of the partners in the UNEP assessment, coordinated by Stockholm University Swedish Ministry of Environment: requested help from SEI to organise a policy dialogue in Bangladesh on BC and ozone Follow up in the Flagship Initiative on co-benefits Discussions with UNEP on follow-up: ‘Climate Transition Strategy’

26 3C-SEI Partnership Programme


28 SEI integrated anlaysis of the BASIC countries’ climate change policy positions


30 Europe’s share of the climate and consumption challenge At the European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels, SEI presented how the EU can cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% until 2020. Later in the year SEI presented its research on consumption to Members of the European Parliament. World toy exports and imports

31 Baltic COMPASS - Comprehensive Policy Actions and Sustainable Solutions for Agriculture in the Baltic Sea Region EU InterReg Support to Helcom Baltic Sea Action Plan

32 REAP Highlights for 2010 Second National Version of REAP produced for Sweden Provides Consume Greenhouse Gas Accounting for every municipality Scenario model for national to local policy REAP tourism article: m/stories/1145178.php?m pnlog=1

33 Start of European Funded Project – OPEN EU Produce a 40 region global model of trade flows and embedded carbon for Europe called “EUREAPA” Free open access model for scenario development available for every European country More information:

34 Global model used as part of major initiative on border levelling by the Carbon Trust Source: Carbon Trust Analysis; CICERO / SEI / CMU GTAP7 EEBT Model

35 SEI in Global Assessments 1.Global Energy Assessment (CLA, LAs KM3 Energy and Environment) 2.Global Environment Outlook 5 (CLAs, LAs) 3.IPCC AR5 (CLA, Las) 4.Black Carbon Assessment (Coordination) 5.Rio+20 Sustainable Development Assessment (lead)


37 Rio plus 20 Sustainable Development Assessment with focus on sustainable Global Energy Access Partners. TERI, WRI, IIED, IIASA, Brazilian Foundation for Sust dev. Input to UN DESA 14-15 Dec Inception workshop Rio


39 SEI US symposium on water and energy challenges in the 21st century The important fields of water and energy policy are becoming increasingly connected. One emerging challenge is the provision of adequate water supplies to match the word’s growing demands for energy.

40 New book on off-setting This handbook provides a systematic and comprehensive review of existing offset programs. The handbook is an essential reference for all regulators, policy makers, business leaders and NGOs concerned with the design and operation of GHG offset programs world-wide.

41 Towards a Zero Carbon Vision for UK Transport The report presents a phased programme of technological, financial and behavioural changes could secure the following potential CO2 cuts compared to business-as-usual: - 100 per cent in road transport (cars and lorries) - 100 per cent in rail transport - 56 per cent in aviation - 49 per cent in shipping.

42 WEAP used for the study cited in the Times showing increasing water scarcity in the US. Allocation of limited water resources between agricultural, municipal and environmental uses now requires the full integration of supply, demand, water quality and ecological considerations. WEAP aims to incorporate these issues into a practical yet robust tool for integrated water resources planning..

43 SEI organizes the first international adaptation conference in the Nordics A lot of work is done locally, but the national level needs to send stronger signals

44 World Water Week One of the many SEI highlights at World Water Week was the launch of SEI’s latest publication, Practical Guidance on the Use of Urine in Crop Production, which covers key aspects of how to use urine from productive sanitation systems as a fertilizer in crop production.

45 SEI Tallinn takes part in National Sustainable Development Forum in Talinn to prepare for Rio + 20

46 Cancun press briefing and preparations for the COP The domestic realities and international policy of climate change in the ‘BASIC + USA countries presented to negotiators and journalists ahead of Cancun SIANI, the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative, organizes an seminar on “How to make Agriculture part of the Solution to Climate Change while contributing to Poverty Alleviation” as one of many SEI events in Cancun

47 SEI Oxford makes progress on the technical development of the weADAPT collaborative platform and building the institutional partnerships to support its use and growth (e.g. with UNEP, IIED, Oxfam, UCT, CIFOR, SEI Asia, etc.)

48 Continued investment in SEI modelling platforms WEAP LEAP REAP weAdapt


50 The Economics of 350 ppm Ackerman, F. Stanton, E. DeCanio, S. Goodstein, E. Howarth, R. Norgaard, R. Norman, C. Sheeran, K. 2010. The Economics of 350. Solutions. Vol 1, No. 5. pp. - -


52 Klein et al. 2010 Climate Financing Climate and Development

53 Holger Hoff et al 2010

54 Mismatch between methods of the social science and natural science in sustainability planning... Knowledge Elicitation Tools



57 SEI reaches out through media Twice as many media citations as in 2009 – now twice a day

58 SEI presented research on resilience and planetary boundaries at the 2010 TED Global event in Oxford SEI held a key note at the African Development Forum and organized a consultation on the SEI– UNEP collaborative Program

59 Over all comments on SEI´s Annual Report 2009 by respondents

60 The SEI web The web site now has 10 000 unique visitors a month and is updated with more than five new articles a month, and has a video archive with an increasing amount of interviews, seminars on SEI’s research.

61 Scientific Journal Climate and Development and Tiempo Climate Newswatch

62 SEI´s different publications Research Reports Project Reports Working papers Technical reportsPolicy briefs Fact Sheets

63 SEI Flagship Initiatives 1.African Knowledge platform for bioresource assessment and policy support 2.Co-benefits in Addressing Climate Change, Development and Air Pollution 3.The Green-Blue water initiative in the Blue Nile Basin 4.Integrated Sustainable Sanitation 5.Sustainable Pathways to MDG Attainment 6.UNEP-SEI Collaborative Program on Climate Adaptation

64 SEI continuous improvement... introduces a new planning, monitoring, evaluation and communication system

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