The Mistra Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (EviEM) works for environmental management to be placed on a scientific foundation. Through systematic reviews of various environmental issues, we aim to improve the basis for decisions in Swedish environmental policy.
Evidence-based environmental management
intended to make best possible use of resources
Our reviews may, for example, clarify the ways in which various kinds of environmental management measures achieve the desired effects; the repercussions of specific environmental impacts; or the extent to which changes in the natural environment are due to human influence.
Mistra EviEM examines and reports on the scientific basis for such issues, but makes no recommendations as to how the results should be used. Instead, we ensure that all the reviews we carry out have clearly defined recipients, such as public agencies or other decision-makers in the environmental sector. It is usually these recipients, too, that suggest subjects for the reviews. The plan is that they should be able to put the results to use in recommendations and guidelines for practical environmental measures.
We are financially and politically independent
Mistra (the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research) provides funding totalling SEK 66 million for EviEM’s activities in the period 2012–17. EviEM is governed by an independent Executive Committee, and has a Secretariat — comprising seven employees — that occupies premises at the international research institute Stockholm Environment Institute. This ensures the Council’s independence, both financial and political.
The first reviews commenced in autumn 2012. Each review normally takes about two years to complete, and EviEM has enough capacity for five or six studies of this kind to be carried out concurrently.