22nd NERPS Webinar: Exploring Unexpected Collaboration to Advance Biosphere Stewardship

January 18, 2023 (Wednesday, 16:00-17:00 JST)

About the Webinar

Something has to change in the relationship between people and nature for environmental challenges to be addressed. One way to enable change is by facilitating learning through cooperation between stakeholders, including with corporations that possess the power and ability to influence the future of the planet. Cooperation can result in the generation of new knowledge, the emergence of new norms and goals, and an evolution of a “corporate biosphere stewardship” culture. Multiple evolutionary pressures are supporting a convergence of behaviour of corporations towards such norms, and scientists can help make the private sector able to act within planetary constraints. Download the presentation here.

  1. Keystone actors – methods and results
  2. SeaBOS process (2016-2022)
  3. Trying to hold Norway accountable to commitment
  4. Trying to encourage Swedish government to honor their history

About the Speaker

Henrik Österblom is a professor of environmental science, with a research focus on human cooperation. He has has co-developed the concepts of keystone actors and corporate biosphere stewardship. With a strong interest in seabirds and marine ecosystems, he is exploring ways to improve the human relationship with the ocean. He is chair of the Natural Capital Partnership Committee, Stanford University, chairman of the SeaBOS fundraising foundation and board member of Race for the Baltic fundraising foundation. He has served as theme leader, deputy science director and science director at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Starting from 2023, he is on part-time leave from the Stockholm Resilience Centre to start up the Anthropocene Laboratory at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Österblom has a master’s degree in behavioural ecology from the Department of Zoology, Uppsala University (1998) and a PhD in marine ecology from the Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University (2006). He did his post doc at the University of Tasmania and the University of British Columbia and has been a visiting researcher and visiting professor at Tokyo University.

About the NERPS Webinar Series

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations. Leading experts will discuss the role of resources, digital technologies, migration, governance, and education in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, humanitarian aid, and capacity-building, among other components that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainability Development Goals, particularly that of Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Check out our previous webinars here.

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