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Highland aquatic resources conservation and sustainable development

Objective

Project partner will complete a detailed multidisciplinary situation analysis of highland aquatic resources, focused on values, livelihoods, conservation issues and wise-use options at five sites in Asia (Guangdong, China; Uttrakhand and West Bengal, India and northern and central Vietnam). Factors assessed will include biodiversity and ecosystem services, including provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services. Livelihood strategies of households dependent on ecosystem services derived from highland aquatic resources, in particular poor, food-insecure and vulnerable people, will be assessed within a sustainable livelihoods framework and opportunities to enhance such livelihoods assessed. Institutional features, including local, national and international policy and legislation, trajectories of change, stakeholder values associated with highland aquatic resources and areas of conflict will be assessed. Stakeholder participation will be critical to ensure new knowledge is accessible for collective decision-making and development of policies for the equitable use and conservation; methods and indicators for participatory monitoring and evaluation of ecosystem services and biodiversity will be developed. Action plans will then be formulated with stakeholders to: monitor the health of highland aquatic resources; develop and promote wise-use, and where necessary livelihoods diversification, to enhance poor livelihoods and conservation; integrate sustainable and wise-use, livelihoods diversification and conservation with watershed management priorities throughout the region. Action plans will be implemented by stakeholders at four sites displaying high biodiversity in Asia and the ecosystem, livelihoods and institutional impacts assessed through participatory monitoring and evaluation. Best practices aimed at conserving biodiversity and sustaining ecosystem services will be communicated to potential users to promote uptake and enhanced policy formulation.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

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

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX
Address
Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 351 750,20
Administrative Contact
Shereen Anderson (Ms.)

Participants (9)

JALPAIGURI CENTRE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN INITIATIVES
India
EU contribution
€ 73 400
Address
Composite Complex, Post Office Denguajhar, District Jalpaiguri
735121 Jalpaiguri
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rajeshwar Mishra (Prof.)
Institute of Environmental Studies and Wetland Management
India
EU contribution
€ 31 700
Address
La Block, Sector Iii B-04
700 098 Salt Lake
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nitai Kundu (Dr.)
VIEN NGHIEN CUU NUOI TRONG THUY SAN1
Vietnam
EU contribution
€ 83 300
Address
Dinh Bang
Tu Son Bac Ninh
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Phuong Nguyen (Ms.)
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENTAND PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
India
EU contribution
€ 87 296
Address
Hb 150 Sector Iii Salt Lake
700091 Kolkata
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mausumi Pal (Dr.)
UNION INTERNATIONALE POUR LA CONSERVATION DE LA NATURE ET DE SES RESSOURCES
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 173 200
Address
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josette Lohmann (Ms.)
ROSKILDE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 252 340,20
Address
Universitetsvej 1
4000 Roskilde
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bjarne Clausen (Mr.)
FISHBASE INFORMATION & RESEARCH GROUP INC
Philippines
EU contribution
€ 142 700
Address
Irri G S Khush Hall College
4031 Los Banos Laguna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mary Ann Bimbao (Dr.)
SOUTH CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 86 150
Address
Washan Tianhe
510642 Guangzhou
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shi Ming Luo (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 173 839,60
Address
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FK9 4LA Stirling
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Samantha Punch (Dr.)