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Bilateral environmental cooperation

The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management has bilateral environmental cooperation with six countries. We are currently focusing on Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa, USA and Vietnam.

What is bilateral cooperation?

Environmental problems are transboundary, and in order for Sweden to achieve several of its environmental goals and international commitments, cooperation between countries is necessary. We contribute with our knowledge and experience 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
  • 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, countries with large economies and high environmental impact.

Our efforts are also directed toward Vietnam where we have long had experience and good contacts with the country’s authorities. The U.S. is also an important strategic country for us to collaborate with on global marine environmental cooperation.

What do we do?

We cooperate primarily within the areas of

  • marine and coastal zone management
  • integrated water resource management
  • sustainable marine management for blue growth.

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 the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, the Swedish Chemicals Agency, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

This summary of the annual report, published by The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, presents the cooperation with Brazil, India, Indonesia, China, Russia, South Africa, USA, Vietnam as well as within the Barents Euro-Artic Council and the Arctic Council in 2017.

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