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Hunting for Sustainability

Objective

Biodiversity conservation increasingly takes place outside protected areas in multiple-use landscapes. Success in achieving biodiversity objectives is closely linked to the extent to which conservation can be integrated with the cultural, social and economic objectives and aspirations of people. Beliefs, perceptions, attitudes and preferences about biodiversity are central to the decisions made by individuals and groups about natural resource management. In this project we will use hunting as a “lens” through which to examine the wider issue of how people interact with biodiversity. Hunting provides a valuable case study in the use of biodiversity because it involves tens of millions of people globally, it is conducted across a wide range of land tenure and use systems, and it is an important source of revenue and protein, particularly in developing countries. Hunting is embedded in social structures and cultural patterns and has a key role in conflicts over natural resource management around the world. Our multidisciplinary team will assess the social, cultural, economic and ecological functions and impacts of hunting across a range of contexts in Europe and Africa. Our study systems fall across economic gradients from the richest to the poorest countries and encompass environments from the Arctic to the Equator. We seek to understand what influences attitudes to hunting, how these attitudes influence and determine individual and societal behaviour in relation to hunting, and finally, how hunting behaviour influences biodiversity. Consequently, we will integrate social, economic and ecological scientific disciplines and engage with a diverse selection of stakeholders to develop novel approaches to the mitigation of natural resource conflicts involving hunting. Finally, our results will be interpreted in respect to current and future EU policy on hunting and biodiversity conservation and contribute to the global debate about the sustainable use of biodiversity.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biodiversity conservation
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-SICA - Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA)

Coordinator

THE MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Address
Craigiebuckler
AB15 8QH Aberdeen
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 710 520
Administrative Contact
Antonia Eastwood (Dr.)

Participants (11)

ZOOLOGISCHE GESELLSCHAFT FRANKFURT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 315 560
Address
Alfred Brehm Platz 16
60316 Frankfurt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karen Laurenson (Dr.)
TANZANIA WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 115 200
Address
Njiro Road Plot 213 Block A
Arusha
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julius Keyyu (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 118 821
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pere Riera (Prof.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 168 822
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar García-Ferrer (Ms.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 162 999
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aleksandra Majic Skrbinsek (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB-FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 162 999
Address
Heinzelova 55
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 493 425
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stein Erik Aagaard (Mr.)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 163 200
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Camilla Sandstrom (Dr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 201 216
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brooke Alasya (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 201 216
Address
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FK9 4LA Stirling
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sally Dimeo (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 115 322
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frederick Stevenson-Robb (Mr.)