Malgorzata Blicharska

Senior lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Earth Sciences, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

Email:
malgorzata.blicharska[AT-sign]geo.uu.se
Telephone:
+4618-471 7056
Visiting address:
Villavägen 16
75236 Uppsala
Postal address:
Villavägen 16
75236 Uppsala

Keywords: climate change governance sustainable development ecosystem services biodiversity conservation policy implementation

The focus of my work in my PhD (finalized in 2011) was on implementation of biodiversity conservation policies, public participation in environmental decision making, spatial planning for biodiversity conservation and conservation conflicts.

Since then my research interest have included different aspects of linked to sustainable development of natural resources. For example, I worked with application of sustainable forest management concept, implementation of action plans for threatened species, the impacts of management and socio-economic factors on biodiversity of urban ponds, the role of religions in conservation of biodiversity and the North-South divide in science and policy.

Recent years the focus of my work has shifted towards the concept of ecosystem services: its implementation, its role in the argumentation for biodiversity conservation and its effectiveness in the policy process. I also applied ecosystem services perspective in investigating conservation conflicts, assessing cultural values in the Swedish mountains, and the application of nexus perspective in natural resources management. In addition, my work focuses a lot on effective involvement of stakeholders in environmental decision making.

In the Department of Earth Sciences I work with numerous issues linked to sustainable development, including governance aspects and management measures in fish conservation and habitat restoration, socio-economic valuation of recreational fisheries, ecological and socio-economic assessment of ecosystem services, implementation of the ecosystem services concept and Sustainable Development Goals. Presently I am also working within a Horizon 2020 project PONDERFUL that explores effects of land use and climate changes on biodiversity of small waterbodies (ponds) and the implications for delivery of ecosystem services. The project is conducted in close collaboration with stakeholders and include policy, social and economic analysis of ponds and pondscapes as Nature-Based Solutions. In addition, I am involved in two projects financed by Swedish Environmenatl Protection Agency, one on ecological compensation (biodiversity offsetting) and one on wetland creation and restoration.

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Malgorzata Blicharska