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Assessing the effectiveness of community-based management strategies for biocultural diversity conservation

Objective

The COMBIOSERVE consortium aims to identify the conditions and principles of successful community-based conservation in selected locations in Mexico, Brazil and Bolivia, working in partnership with local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and indigenous communities. Many Latin American and Caribbean rural and indigenous communities have historically developed strategies to regulate land use and conserve biodiversity whilst enhancing livelihoods and reducing conflicts. This has occurred while new panaceas for conservation and development, such as ecotourism, payments for environmental services, and biodiversity derivatives, have emerged and impacted community dynamics in ways that require urgent analysis. Our analysis will rely on the assessment of past and present trajectories and future scenarios of environmental change; an examination of individual and collective dependence on natural resources and ecosystem services, and analysis of people’s capacity to adapt and be resilient to multiple stressors. We will also assess the cultural traditions, knowledge systems, and institutional arrangements that have allowed communities to devise collective conservation strategies, address social tensions, and resolve resource conflicts. The development of a co-enquiry/advocacy approach will provide significant benefits to local communities and CSOs. The project outcomes will strengthen community conservation and management of natural resources through the design and provision of locally-owned methods and data, and will provide the theoretical and empirical foundations for scaling-up in similar communities and environments. We will scientifically address the opportunities and challenges of biocultural diversity conservation and its role in the resilience of socio-ecological systems, and produce documents for policy and civil society audiences at European and international levels, using varied communication platforms and strategies.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/civil society

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-CSO - Research for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 391 333
Administrative Contact
Christian Reinhard Vogl (Dr.)

Participants (10)

THE GLOBAL DIVERSITY FOUNDATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 294 735,60
Address
St. Margarets Street 37
CT12TU Canterbury
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gary Martin (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 271 452
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Veronica Colombo (Ms.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Margot Rijerse (Ms.)
Instituto de Ecología, A.C.
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 180 863
Address
Carretera Antigua A Coatepec 351
91070 Xalapa, Veracruz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Isaac Pérez Hernández (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE FEIRA DE SANTANA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 193 028
Address
Av Transnordestina S N
44.036.900 Feira De Santana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marisa Issler Rodrigues (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD MAYOR DE SAN SIMON
Bolivia
EU contribution
€ 127 300,60
Address
Avenida Ballivian N. 591 Esquina Reza
N/A Cochabamba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susana Arrazola (Prof.)
CONSEJO REGIONAL INDIGENA Y POPULAR DE X PUJIL S.C
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 65 355
Address
Dom Conocido Sn Xpujil Sin Calles S/n Depto 3
24640 Campeche
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Albert Maurilio Chan Dzul (Mr.)
ASSOCIACAO NACIONAL DE ACAO INDIGENISTA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 67 860
Address
Rua Das Laranjeiras 26 1 Andar Pelourinho
40026 230 Salvador
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sarah Siqueira De Miranda (Ms.)
CENTRO BOLIVIANO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SOCIO INTEGRAL
Bolivia
EU contribution
€ 69 483,20
Address
Avenida A - Zona Villa Salome Urban. Sec. Grafico 100
- La Paz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tomás Huanca (Mr.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 236 473
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)