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FRAM’s concepts and policy instruments will be anchored to the practice of chemical risk assessment and management in different political contexts and will be empirically validated. This will be achieved by a series of case studies which will be implemented in a gradient of regulatory environments and socioeconomic contexts.

The FRAM research follows a solution-focused philosophy and will harness scientific knowledge (from natural sciences, economics, law, social and political sciences) in order to identify reliable, creative, and equitable solutions to the problem of chemicals that locally and globally jeopardize ecological and human health by impacting ecosystem services. FRAM's activities will be implemented with a national, European and world-wide perspective in mind. FRAM's work will focus on the impact of chemical pollution on those ecosystem services that are provided by rivers, lakes and coastal areas and the policy instruments needed for mitigating such impacts.

Boundaries for pollution

FRAM works towards defining safe local, regional and global boundaries for chemical pollution that protect ecosystem services against the impact of the totality of chemical emissions and exposures. It will provide policy instruments for the fair sharing of the common emission space, i.e. the total load of chemicals that can be emitted without causing harm to ecosystem services. This work will be completed by long-term, systematic engagement in academic education and public outreach to civil society as well as political decision makers. FRAM will strive to take a lighthouse position in the area of assessing, managing and minimizing environmental pollution with chemicals.

A toxic-free environment

In summary, FRAM works towards achieving a toxic-free environment, as it is the long-standing aim of Swedish environmental policy as well as the latest Environmental Action Plan of the European Commission. FRAM’s conceptual work and policy instruments are, however, also effective beyond its core area, e.g. for assessing pollution impacts on human health.

Interdisciplinary lighthouse

FRAM is set-up to overcome disciplinary and departmental boundaries between natural sciences, economics, law and political sciences. It is a truly trans-disciplinary unit which;

  1. understands the relevant complexity of the problem of chemical mixtures in the environment and defines the protective boundaries for the total chemical emissions in different ecosystems,
  2. considers the diversity of academic, industrial and societal perceptions of the problem, and analyse and propose policy instruments for the management of chemical mixtures,
  3. links abstract and case-specific knowledge, and test novel approaches in case studies implemented in different political, economic and ecological sysmem  in Sweden USA and Chile,
  4. develops fundamental knowledge and practical solutions for protecting the common good at risk (ecosystem services), and
  5. serves as a lighthouse for the global teaching and dissemination of novel methods for chemical risk assessment and management.


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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-07-14