The maintenance of biodiversity in areas subjected to human use is a major challenge to sustainable development. This project aims to identify sustainable approaches to land use, by analysing the impact of human activity on biodiversity, and by examining the potential for ecological rehabilitation of degraded sites. This will be achieved by multi-disciplinary research in rural areas of Mexico, Chile and Argentina. Research will investigate the key processes influencing biodiversity in native forests subjected to clearance and fragmentation, using field-based, laboratory and computer modelling approaches. This will enable the impact of different land use options on biodiversity to be predicted, and will enable indicators of sustainable development and ecological rehabilitation to be identified. The project will generate scientific information and practical tools for the sustainable development of native forest landscapes by local communities.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
91000 Xalapa Enriquez
8400 S.carlos De Bariloche
28871 Alcala De Henares