FP7 projects

Project COBRA is financed under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program (FP7) together with several other projects, including:

The capacity of civil society organisations and their networks in community based environmental management (CIVI.NET)

The CiVi.net project aims to analyse, transfer and disseminate successful and sustainable community based solutions with regard to ecosystem service management in Latin America. The main focus is placed on institutional settings in terms of original rules and related governance models which help to prevent and resolve tensions arising from a necessary new repartition and use of natural resources. To meet these challenges, CiVi.net takes an action research and case study approach. The project has chosen four case study regions in Brazil and Costa Rica where successful solutions have been worked out. Based on the findings, CiVi.net wants to facilitate the transfer of successful solutions to at least one other community for each selected case study region confronted with similar environmental challenges. To do so, CiVi.net will develop an ex-ante assessment approach to test the transferability of institutional solutions and of successful governance models. One of the final outputs will be a manual to assist practitioners and scientists on how to design and manage the knowledge transfer. Another of its final outputs will be an innovative web-based data portal for providing and trading knowledge. Visit CiVi.Net

Community-based management strategies for biocultural diversity conservation (COMBIOSERVE)

The COMBIOSERVE consortium aims 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. Many Latin American and Caribbean rural and indigenous communities have historically developed strategies to regulate land use and conserve biodiversity whilst enhancing livelihoods and reducing conflicts. This has occurred while new panaceas for conservation and development, such as ecotourism, payments for environmental services, and biodiversity derivatives, have emerged and impacted community dynamics in ways that require urgent analysis. The project outcomes will strengthen community conservation and management of natural resources through the design and provision of locally-owned methods and data, and will provide the theoretical and empirical foundations for scaling-up in similar communities and environments. We will scientifically address the opportunities and challenges of biocultural diversity conservation and its role in the resilience of socio-ecological systems, and produce documents for policy and civil society audiences at European and international levels, using varied communication platforms and strategies. Visit COMBIOSERVE

Community-based management of environmental Challenges in Latin America (COMET-LA)

Current development model is leading to unprecedented environmental challenges, chief amongst them, climate change. How to face these changes and how to manage them is a key research questions. Even if they are global problems, its effects are locally suffered, especially by the communities that traditionally based their livelihoods in those natural resources. The relevance of these problems at global level has driven different initiatives to increase public awareness and to put in practice measures to improve it. However, many good conservation practices are done at local level. Research is needed to better understand local capabilities and to encourage and support potential locally-owned solutions. COMET-LA objective is to identify sustainable community-based governance models for the management of natural resources that could be used in different social-ecological systems in a context of climate change and increasing competition for the use of these resources. The outcomes will be synthesized and up-scaled to deliver a potentially useful tool to other local communities facing current environmental challenges. Visit COMET-LA

Ecosystem-based strategies and innovations in water governance networks for adaptation to climate change in Latin American landscapes (ECO-ADAPT)

International debates on climate change highlight the need to foster adaptation planning in Latin America where significant impacts are expected. However, little progress has been made due to the difficulty of managing environmental dynamics characterized by deep uncertainties and potential tensions at various scales. EcoAdapt is built on the outcomes of two rounds on regional consultation with Latin American civil society organizations (CSO) and scientists. It aims at increasing the capacity of local communities, CSOs, policy-makers and scientists to engage in inter-disciplinary action-research to increase their collective capacity to adapt to climate change. The EcoAdapt CSOs stated that watershed services were the most critical with respect to possible tensions and social conflicts that may arise due to climate change. EcoAdapt will assist communities in developing their water ecosystem-based adaptation strategy. This will be achieved by combining exploratory scenario analysis, participatory backcasting, and social validation via hybrid forums. EcoAdapt will implement part of the strategy in pilot communities and build on existing networks for dissemination to other communities of Latin America and Europe. Visit Eco-Adapt


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