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Local solutions for future challenges: Community Owned Best practice for sustainable Resource Adaptive management in the Guiana Shield, South America

Objective

Novel funding initiatives are on the cusp of implementation across the developing world. Community owned solutions for the management of ecosystem services have the potential to act as showcases for determining the most effective and efficient use of these emerging funding streams in order to maximise social justice and ecological sustainability. The COBRA project brings together key South American and European CSOs that have extensive experience in enabling and disseminating grassroots solutions to complex problems in the Guiana Shield region of Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The RTDs on the project have scientific expertise to rigorously evaluate these grassroots solutions and determine their impact, while the SME brings with it the business and technical expertise for promoting the financial viability of these initiatives. The CSOs, RTDs and the SME have formed a partnership to help deliver effective community-led sustainable management of ecosystem services and to widely disseminate best practice. We therefore aim to: 1) review the emergence of novel social, economic and environmental challenges facing communities in the Guiana Shield region; 2) engage with established locally owned and developed solutions; 3) analyse and record these solutions in order to investigate their generic transferability; 4) test the approach in a wider range of communities confronting similar challenges; 5) facilitate communication between communities and governments to ensure local needs are addressed and emerging policies benefit local communities; and 6) develop a range of accessible communication and dissemination tools for engaging a wider global constituency. The COBRA project will be in a unique position to study the impact of new funding streams on the most marginalised sectors of society, how CSOs are able to respond positively, and to influence policy and implementation practices as these initiatives are rolled out in the rest of the world.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011
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Coordinator

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE
Address
Egham Hill University Of London
TW20 0EX Egham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 524 467,20
Administrative Contact
Rosemary Greaves (Ms.)

Participants (8)

INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 347 680,33
Address
Anna Paulownastraat 103
2518BC Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ronald Kingham (Mr.)
STICHTING IUCN NEDERLANDS COMITE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 169 116,88
Address
Plantage Middenlaan 2 K
1018 DD Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Corry Van Swieten (Ms.)
Equipe de Conservacao da Amazonia
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 141 233,02
Address
Saus Q3 Ed. Business Point, Bloco C Salas 3
70070-934 Brasilia, Df
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Vasco Van Roosmalen (Mr.)
THE IWOKRAMA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR RAIN FOREST CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Guyana
EU contribution
€ 376 307,91
Address
High Street 77
10630 Georgetown
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Isabella Bovolo (Dr.)
POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 22 493,63
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicoletta Venisti (Dr.)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 130 155,55
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brian Mpepo (Mr.)
WILDFOWL & WETLANDS TRUST (CONSULTING) LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 153 312,19
Address
The Wildfowl And Wetlands Trust Slimbridge
GL2 7BT Gloucester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthew Simpson (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 30 281,89
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Accossato (Dr.)