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19992023

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My research has two completely different orientations - one is purely biological and deals with the invertebrate animal tardigrade and its exceptional resistance to various environmental extremes, while the other deals with environmental work within municipal spatial planning.

The research on tardigrades has been carried out since the end of the 1990s and includes many different types of studies - both theoretical, laboratory experimental, field-based, and space-based (!) - and has concerned tardigrade taxonomy, faunistics, physiology, genetics, ecology, and not least tolerance patterns upon exposure to desiccation and ionizing radiation. The research has been carried out in close collaboration with other researchers in Europe, but also with some other Swedish universities.

The environmental science research on municipal spatial planning is focused on the local society's opportunities to change towards a more sustainable use of natural resources and promote biodiversity and ecosystem services. Above all, the municipalities central actors through their responsibility for land and water planning. The research has largely had two important policy concepts as a starting point – ecosystem services and ecological compensation.

In the transdisciplinary research project ECOSIMP (2013-2017, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency), the possibilities of applying the concept of ecosystem services in municipal planning were investigated. Municipal officials' view of the concept, opportunities to connect ecosystem service work with the municipalities' climate adaptation were evaluated, tools for working with ecosystem services and climate adaptation were developed, and the transdisciplinary project approach was evaluated.

In the MuniComp project (2018-2021, Environmental Protection Agency), various aspects of ecological compensation in connection with development were studied with a focus on application within the municipalities, with the aim of providing guidelines for the application of ecological compensation in Sweden. Ecological compensation means that the negative impact on the environment from exploitation in an area is compensated by restoration or the creation of new environments nearby or in another area. The project included five sub-projects which highlighted, among other things, how models for compensation can be designed, how compensation can become more accepted among different actors, and how the so-called mitigation hierarchy can be ensured within a municipal planning perspective. Within the participating municipalities of Lomma and Helsingborg, the experiences of applying ecological compensation were analysed.

To convey the experiences from the MuniComp project, a web support (www.ekoplankompassen.se) was developed in 2022 on how to work with ecological compensation in municipal planning. The web support was developed in close collaboration with the organization Hållbar Utveckling Skåne and is aimed at municipalities that want to introduce ecological compensation or develop their existing compensation work.

In a subsequent synthesis work (2021-2023), the results from seven projects that were part of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's investment in research on ecological compensation (of which MuniComp was one) were compiled, with the aim of providing national authorities with indicative knowledge on how ecological compensation is applied today and how this policy tool can be developed to better support the national environmental objective work.

Apart from these large-scale projects, other research related to ecosystem service has also been performed, in collaboration with Thomas Beery (HKR) and the biosphere reserve Kristianstads Vattenrike.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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