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The Economics of Biodiversity: Implications for policy and practice

Misum, the Beijer Institute and the British Embassy in Stockholm hosted a high-level event on ‘The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review’ at the Stockholm School of Economics. The lead author of the influential Dasgupta Review, Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta discussed progress on integrating biodiversity into economics.

In February 2021, the UK HM Treasury released the Independent Review on the Economics of Biodiversity led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta (The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review). The influential report presents a comprehensive economic framework for biodiversity. It calls for changes in how we think, act and measure economic success to protect and enhance our prosperity and the natural world, focusing on action needed across three areas:

  • Ensuring humanity’s demands on nature do not exceed supply
  • Changing how economic success is measured beyond GDP
  • Transforming institutions in the financial and educational fields

Two years after the publication of the Dasgupta Review, the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum) welcomes Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta from the University of Cambridge, the report lead, for an in-person seminar at the Stockholm School of Economics. Prof. Dasgupta discussed key findings from the report as well as current progress on integrating biodiversity in economic, financial, and education systems in Sweden and internationally.

A panel discussion moderated by Dr Mia Horn af Rantzien followed with speakers from academia, the finance sector, and Swedish policymaking. The conversations linked to recent international discussions on biodiversity, particularly the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) at the 2022 United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15).

Keynote speaker

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta

Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge 

Fellow, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics


Mia Horn af Rantzien, PhD

Board of directors, Nobel Prize Outreach, the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), STINT, and Misum

With a comment from

Charlotta Sörqvist

Swedish chief negotiator for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and chair of the CBD Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)
Ministry of Climate and Enterprise, Division for Natural Environment


Professor Carl Folke

Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Professor Marie Stenseke

Professor in Human Geography, Deputy Dean at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg and Chair of the steering group for the Gothenburg Center for Global Biodiversity Studies

Åsa Mossberg

Senior Sustainability Strategist, AP2

Professor Bård Harstad

Professor in Economics, University of Oslo

Misum Sustainability