Laureate 2008

Crawford "Buzz" Holling, Emeritus Eminent Scholar Professor in Ecological Sciences at University of Florida. Presently living in Vancouver, Canada. 

Leif Johansson CEO Volvo Group, Buzz Holling and CEO Steven Odell Volvo Car Corporation


See film with Crawford "Buzz" Holling

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Prize Jury motivation:
"The Volvo Environment Foundation takes great pleasure in awarding its 2008 environment prize to Crawford "Buzz" Holling, one of ecology's great integrative thinkers for his pioneering lifetime work on ecosystem dynamics, transformation and resilience, and adaptive management."

Crawford Buzz Holling is one of the most creative and influential cologists of our times. His integrative thinking has shed new light on the growth, collapse and egeneration of coupled human-ecological systems. Current discussions and debates over non-linear systems, adaptation and change, thresholds, tipping points, and resilience are all part of his rich legacy of writing.  His analyses have ranged boldly across scales of time and space. His 1973 paper on the "resilience of non-linear ecological systems" reshaped profoundly thinking on the dynamics and transformation of ecological systems. His 1978 volume on Adaptive Environmental Assessment and Management remains the classic work on this important subject 30 years later. Not content with new theoretical insights into the stability and change of human-ecological systems, Holling has profoundly critiqued what he describes as "the pathology of natural resource management," detailing how things go right and wrong in well-intentioned efforts at resource management.  His recent work with Lance Gunderson, Panarchy: Understanding Transformation in Human and Natural Systems, is no less than a far-ranging exploration of fundamental principles of resilience thinking.  The newly created Stockholm Resilience Center is itself a highly promising venture built on Holling's legacy."  

Volvos miljöpris, som delas ut av en oberoende stiftelse, går 2008 till Buzz Holling, kanadensisk ekolog och forskare, vars teorier om hur ekosystemen klarar plötsliga förändringar fått ett mycket stort inflytande. I en tid när många oroar sig över klimatförändringar och oväntade naturkatastrofer påpekar Buzz Holling att det är viktigt att våra samhällen ökar sin förmåga till anpassning och flexibilitet för att vi ska fortsätta att kunna nyttja naturens sätt att producera. För kriser, säger han, är en oundviklig del av naturens sätt att fungera.  

3 of November press release: EnglishSwedish

13 of June press release: English | Swedish

Link to the biosketch of Buzz Holling