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Optimising the trade-offs between biodiversity value and human value


At the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the nations of the world agreed on ambitious targets for the future of the planet, including goals such as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and ensuring environmental sustainability. Yet, ensuring the preservation of the world's natural resources while improving human welfare will require an unprecedented compromise between human use and biodiversity conservation.

This Project explores the trade-offs between biodiversity value and human value, and how to maximise mutual benefit. It tests how the shape of the relationship between human and biodiversity values is affected by the way each of these variables is measured, and the implications for traditional views of sustainable development. This Project further investigates ways of maximising these trade-offs through variations in the spatial configuration of the different types of land-use. This Project is therefore at the interface between conservation science and socio-economic sciences.

Through the analysis of existing data and case-studies, it will advance the scientific understanding of how regional land use planning strategies can simultaneously ensure human welfare and preserve biodiversity. The focus of this Project is thus on Sustainable Development, one of the seven research priorities of the Sixth Framework Programme. Its results will be directly relevant to support of European policymaking in the implementation of the EU Strategy for Sustainable Development.

This project will further contribute to the objectives of the Sixth Framework Programme by promoting the mobility of researchers within the EU, strengthening Europe's human resources and research capacity in the field of conservation biology, fostering the participation of women and young people in research, and attracting and reintegrating promising researchers currently developing activity outside the EU.

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