I am very happy to be appointed to the advisory board of a new EU-funded project, Community-based management strategies for biocultural diversity conservation – or Combioserve. The project is led by a team in Austria and has various European and Latin American partners. It aims to build on innovative strategies of indigenous communities to scale up community based approaches to conservation.
I had some really stimulating meetings with the team from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) recently, who include Esteve Corbera , Isabel Ruiz Mallén, and Elisa Trepp at the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals – and I’ll be working especially with the UAB team in on the application of a resilience-based approach to understand the dynamics of community-based conservation and analyse communities’ adaptive capacity to environmental and socio-economic change in selected sites in Latin America.
It is another opportunity to develop participatory approaches to understanding plural forms of knowledge about social ecological systems and resource management.