It also defines where SEI aims to be in five years time, based on a careful assessment of the needs for new integrated knowledge to support transitions to sustainability, the areas where SEI can offer internationally recognised expertise, and the knowledge gaps that lead to international demand for SEI’s services. We have focused our priorities in the new Strategy on where these three criteria – needs, know-how, and demand – overlap.
The SEI Strategy 2010-2014 covers a decisive period for world development in the efforts to provide a safe operating space for humanity on the planet. Evidence indicates that we have entered a decade when humanity must bend the curves of many of the undesirable trends in global environmental change; from greenhouse gas emissions, to air pollution, loss of biodiversity and over-use of freshwater resources. In this transformative period of human enterprise, scientific advancements, innovations and policy support on solutions and strategies for sustainable development are needed more than ever. SEI is well positioned to provide integrated knowledge, policy support, dialogue platforms and capacity development in line with the mandate provided by the Swedish government, to support the business of taking care of our planet in an era of rapid global change.
The Strategy was developed following an extensive internal and external consultation. We interviewed over 50 partners in research or policy making at different scales and from all parts of the world. Group meetings and online surveys were used to gather and process the input from staff from across the Institute. We have listened carefully to advice and critique from SEI colleagues and key stakeholders in the world.
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