Seminar with Professor Rashid Sumaila, Tuesday 28 November, 13-16, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 

Humanity has entered the Anthropocene where human activities are fundamentally shaping the dynamics of the planet. This raises a number of concerns in relation to the ecosystems we depend on, but also to how we distribute benefits originating from these ecosystems.

The seminar focuses on the global ocean, celebrating Volvo Environment Prize Laureate Professor Rashid Sumaila’s work. The ocean is a fundamental sink of carbon dioxide and plays a critical role in stabilizing the Earth biophysical processes. It also provides food and employment for millions of people and is substantially influenced by climate change, overfishing and pollution.

We will explore pathways to ensure that the ocean can continue to provide for humanity, while also protecting its intrinsic values and the structure and function of ecosystems. Furthermore, how protection and use of the ocean can provide benefits from these global commons, in a fair way, to citizens of all nations.

Professor Rashid Sumaila is one of the world’s most innovative researchers on the future of the oceans. He integrates social and economic dimensions with ecology, law, fisheries science and traditional knowledge to build novel pathways towards sustainable fisheries, with a focus on equity and local livelihoods. Find more information about Professor Rashid Sumaila on

The symposium is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required. Please register at by 24 November

Additional presentations by Maria van Berlekom, Sida, Beatrice Crona, GEDB and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Carl Folke, the Beijer Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre. Moderated by Henrik Österblom, Stockholm Resilience Centre. Music by Perro del Mar. Read full program here

A film of this seminar will be published on this website