Bilateral environmental and climate cooperation

The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management has ongoing bilateral environmental and climate cooperation with Brazil, China, Indonesia, South Africa, USA and countries in the Western Indian Ocean region.

What is included in the bilateral cooperation?

Environmental problems are transboundary, and in order for Sweden to achieve several of its environmental goals and international commitments, cooperation between countries becomes necessary. The bilateral cooperation focuses on exchange of knowledge and experiences for mutual learning to achieve sustainable aquatic ecosystems.

The purpose of bilateral cooperation

The purpose of bilateral cooperation is to:

  • exchange experience on environmental management
  • support the implementation of commitments made within the EU or international convention efforts
  • pursue Sweden’s key issues in international environmental governance
  • build alliances
  • create understanding for others’ positions in international negotiations.

The bilateral cooperation is a part of Sweden’s environmental politics and occurs within the framework of Swedish government’s policy for global development.

Why these countries?

The Swedish government has pointed out the BRIICS countries, among others, as a priority for bilateral cooperation. BRIICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China, and South Africa. These are countries with large economies and with regionally- or globally important environmental impact. (Due to Russias military aggression against Ukraine, cooperation with Russia is paused since February 24 2022).

We previously also cooperated with Viet Nam, where our long time good experience and contacts with the country’s authorities still remain. The U.S. is also an important strategic country for us to collaborate with on global marine environmental cooperation. Our collaboration with countries in the Western Indian Ocean is closely connected to our international development cooperation.

SwAM bilateral cooperation.

SwAM bilateral cooperation.

What do we do?

We cooperate primarily within the areas of

  • Coordinated management from Source to Sea
  • Ocean governance with a focus on marine spatial planning
  • Environmental monitoring

Cooperation with strategic countries in the field of environment and climate

The Swedish government has a specific fund for bilateral cooperation with strategic countries in the field of environment and climate. The bilateral cooperation is carried out by:

Annual report

Read about all bilateral environmental and climate cooperation with strategic countries, regions and partner agencies in 2020 in the annual report Bilateral environmental and climate cooperation from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Swedish EPA)

Agencies participating in the cooperation are the Swedish EPA, the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, the Swedish Chemicals Agency, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) and the Council of the Baltic Sea States.