Combioserve: Assessing the effectiveness of community-based management strategies for biocultural diversity conservation (2012-2014)

Main aim of the EC FP7 funded COMBIOSERVE project is 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. The 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 project is coordinated by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, with partners: the Global Diversity Foundation, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, INECOL and CRIPX (Mexico), UEFS and ANAI (Brazil) and UMSS and CBSIDSI (Bolivia).

IVM will focus on the conditions and threats for community-based management. The analysis will empirically assess the conditions under which community-based management can produce sustainable outcomes, as well as the possible strategies by which local communities can respond to potential conflicts and threats. We will specifically zoom in on how environmental and societal changes affect community cooperation and the likelihood that communities succeed in jointly (re-) defining and enforcing effective user rights and rules.

For more information, please contact dr Jetske Bouma. The website of the project will become available March 2012