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Hunting for Sustainability

Objective

Biodiversity conservation increasingly takes place outside protected areas in multiple-use landscapes. Success in achieving biodiversity objectives is closely linked to the extent to which conservation can be integrated with the cultural, social and economic objectives and aspirations of people. Beliefs, perceptions, attitudes and preferences about biodiversity are central to the decisions made by individuals and groups about natural resource management. In this project we will use hunting as a “lens” through which to examine the wider issue of how people interact with biodiversity. Hunting provides a valuable case study in the use of biodiversity because it involves tens of millions of people globally, it is conducted across a wide range of land tenure and use systems, and it is an important source of revenue and protein, particularly in developing countries. Hunting is embedded in social structures and cultural patterns and has a key role in conflicts over natural resource management around the world. Our multidisciplinary team will assess the social, cultural, economic and ecological functions and impacts of hunting across a range of contexts in Europe and Africa. Our study systems fall across economic gradients from the richest to the poorest countries and encompass environments from the Arctic to the Equator. We seek to understand what influences attitudes to hunting, how these attitudes influence and determine individual and societal behaviour in relation to hunting, and finally, how hunting behaviour influences biodiversity. Consequently, we will integrate social, economic and ecological scientific disciplines and engage with a diverse selection of stakeholders to develop novel approaches to the mitigation of natural resource conflicts involving hunting. Finally, our results will be interpreted in respect to current and future EU policy on hunting and biodiversity conservation and contribute to the global debate about the sustainable use of biodiversity.
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Coordinator

THE MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Address

Craigiebuckler
Ab15 8qh Aberdeen

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 710 520

Administrative Contact

Antonia Eastwood (Dr.)

Participants (11)

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ZOOLOGISCHE GESELLSCHAFT FRANKFURT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 315 560

TANZANIA WILDLIFE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Tanzania

EU Contribution

€ 115 200

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 118 821

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 168 822

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 162 999

UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB-FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 162 999

STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 493 425

UMEA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 163 200

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 201 216

THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 201 216

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 115 322

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212160

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2008

  • End date

    30 April 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 841 106

  • EU contribution

    € 2 929 300

Coordinated by:

THE MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

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