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Beyond Ecosystem Services: Brokering Agrobiodiversity Management Enterprises in Europe and Internationally (ECO-BROKER)

Descrizione del progetto

Esplorare modi per supportare la biodiversità agricola

La biodiversità agricola offre tutto ciò di cui gli esseri umani hanno bisogno per sopravvivere: cibo, riparo, vestiti, carburante e medicine, nonché servizi ecosistemici vitali. La sua gestione sostenibile è pertanto fondamentale, non solo per soddisfare i bisogni fondamentali delle persone, ma anche come mezzo per adattarsi ai cambiamenti climatici. I piccoli agricoltori svolgono un ruolo importante nel mantenimento della biodiversità agricola, ma non vengono remunerati per questo servizio. Per affrontare questo problema, il progetto ECO-BROKER, finanziato dall’UE, mira a ricollegare gli attori della catena alimentare e la società civile ai valori di conservazione. Lo farà esplorando modelli di business innovativi che generano benefici economici attraverso la gestione partecipata dell’agro-biodiversità.

Obiettivo

Improving the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity is a key objective in regional and international natural resource policy, and is also critical for safeguarding food production and adapting to climate change. Within Europe, small farmers are custodians of the region's greatest agro-biodiversity assets, yet without remuneration for this stewardship activity. As public sector budgets struggle to provide compensation, the case for exploring the potential support from the agro-biodiversity based food chain is the driver of this Fellowship which aims to explore innovative business models and learning approaches not only to support sustainable management but also to reconnect food chain players and civil society with conservation values. The prospective Fellow, Dr Humberto Rios Labrada, is an experienced plant breeder and winner of national and international awards for innovating with participatory and action research methodologies for rural innovation. He will be hosted at Coventry University, UK, in its multidisciplinary Centre for Agroecology. Field research, and industry secondments and visits, will involve institutions in the UK, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Cuba, to explore initiatives that have been generating economic benefits through participatory agro-biodiversity management (termed Agro-biodiversity Management Enterprises) and identify opportunities for their scaling up. The Fellow will receive training in social enterprise development and entrepreneurship which will diversity his skillset to become a lead player in sustainable rural innovation. He will also develop transferable leadership skills in academia and rural development. Key outputs include two peer-reviewed articles, a Policy Brief, an arts-meets-science Performance, and training curricula for the continued development of AMEs.

Meccanismo di finanziamento

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF

Coordinatore

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 224 933,76
Indirizzo
PRIORY STREET
CV1 5FB Coventry
Regno Unito

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Regione
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Coventry
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 224 933,76