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New funding: LUCSUS will develop the first ever Africa network on loss and damage from climate change

Photo of the map of Africa. Photo: Pixabay. LUCSUS has been awarded funding to develop the first ever Africa network on loss and damage from climate change. Such a network is urgently needed as many African nations will or are already experiencing negative impacts from climate change which will exacerbate existing sustainable development challenges such as poverty and food insecurity.

New report: Developing a national strategy for disaster risk reduction and resilience in Sweden

wildefires Increasing impacts from hazards worldwide, including Sweden, have prompted international efforts to promote the development of national strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience to reduce associated impacts and support sustainable development.

New study: Motivations and Limitations for Small-Scale Farmers to Implement Agroforestry Systems in North-Eastern Brazil

agroforestry landscape Agroforestry combines agricultural and silvicultural practices to produce food, wood, and other products. Agroforestry systems have been increasingly promoted as land-use systems that can support nature conservation, especially in the tropics, where it has also been gaining recognition as a tool for reducing poverty, improving food self-sufficiency for farmers, and increasing the productivity and income for small-scale farmers. Although agroforestry is a potentially more sustainable use of natural resources and land, it is not a “silver-bullet” for reconciling nature conservation and agricultural production, because of the irreversible biodiversity value of natural forests.

LUCSUS researcher co-chairs session on local values and interests in relation to the global goals at the Tokyo Forum 

Tokyo City. “The Tokyo Forum was a great opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges of sustainable social change, especially processes that involve local actors, into a high-level arena."

The new science on climate extremes that can help refuel the climate movement. A COP25 side event

students at climate strike in Lund On the 2nd of December, on the grand opening of the COP25, LUCSUS will organise an event on whether attribution science and new legal frameworks can refuel the climate movement in the context of climate emergency.

Impact story: Increasing understanding and awareness of how individuals can make the most effective choices for the climate

Infographic illustrating effective individual lifestyle choices. Made by Catrin Jakobsson. Few research publications reach outside the realm of academia and even fewer make an impact on sustainability debates and societal issues. Kimberly Nicholas’ research on lifestyle choices to reduce your carbon footprint is unique in its reach and impact on society.

Science has much to offer social movements in the face of planetary emergencies

Climate demonstration in London. Photo: Pixabay. Four LUCSUS researchers argue in an article in the journal Nature, Ecology & Evolution that the most important, powerful and unique contribution science can make to social movements is to share arduously accumulated knowledge about processes of social and political change.

Impact story: Building capacity and improving everyday life in sub-Saharan Africa

Emma Johansson It is not easy to make ends meet for many smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Everyday life is a complex management of many activities, especially for women, such as providing, preparing and cooking food; provide water and energy for cooking; manage farm activities; rearing children; and not least ensure that the family is healthy. Ill-health can easily tip families into abject poverty. Improving everyday life, particularly reducing the risk of ill-health, is essential for people to get out of poverty. 

Clear goals but murky path to ecosystem sustainability: Key knowledge gaps identified

nature people International sustainability policies set out clear goals for protecting ecosystems and biodiversity, but how to actually achieve these goals remains elusive in practice, as biodiversity loss continues at an alarming rate. A new study published in the journal Nature Sustainability by an international team of 32 scientists identifies key knowledge gaps that need to be answered to tackle the root causes of biodiversity loss, and calls for more relevant, solutions-focused research that can address the social-ecological crisis.

Programme for the Conference on Loss and Damage 2019

 A picture of flooding. More than 100 researchers from all over the world will gather at LUCSUS for the very first international conference on loss and damage from climate-related events.

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