The project on social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services in the Norrström basin (SEEN) will explore the dynamics that contribute to the reliable production of ecosystem services in social-ecological systems.

This case will be carried out in the Norrström drainage basin in Sweden. The drainage basin covers 22, 650 square kilometres and spans urban, agricultural, forest and wetland landscapes and includes two of Sweden’s largest lakes, Lake Mälaren and Lake Hjälmaren. The capital of Sweden, Stockholm, is situated in the Norrström area, and the region as a whole is the most densely populated in the country.

Key features

We will assess the patterns of trade-offs and synergies among 6-12 key ecosystem services within local municipalities (kommuner) in the Norrström drainage basin and then identify the social, ecological and geographic drivers of ecosystem service change across the study region. We will generate novel policy-and-practice relevant knowledge on ecosystem service governance in the region, and establish how historical and current governance arrangements affect the provision and deterioration of ecosystem services as well as access to these services in practice. Finally, we will prepare a regional Resilience Assessment of ecosystem services across the Norrström region through participatory engagement with relevant stakeholders – e.g. the Stockholm metropolitan region strategic spatial planning process. This will ensure the results of the project are connected to an appropriate decision making context and facilitate the operationalization of the ecosystem service concept in the region.

Led by

  • Garry Peterson (Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Albert Norström (Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden).
Photo: Fredrik Wilde/Azote




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