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Biological diversity is a cornerstone of healthy and functioning ecosystems and ultimately also human well-being. From the invisible microfauna in our soils, to the large animals that still roam forests, savannahs and oceans, and the hundreds of thousands of plants that make our surroundings green, they all are of incredible importance to the world we live in. Biological diversity is being steadily lost due to deforestation or the conversion of grasslands and savannahs to agriculture; hunting and exploitation of animals and plants; pollution; climate change and invasive species.


LUCSUS carries out sustainability research that have direct links with biodiversity and human well-being. At the heart of this research are ideas and understandings on changing nature society interactions, local ecological knowledge and political ecology of conservation and development.

In 2019, the UN Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published a global assessment on the state of nature, ecosystems and nature's contributions to people.

Link to the report "Assessing the state of knowledge on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people in support of sustainable development"

The report highlights that in order to better understand and, more importantly, to address the main causes for biodiversity loss we need to understand the indirect drivers found in the historical and complex interlinkages of demographic and economic development. Key drivers include increased population; rising consumption per capita; fast paced technological innovation with its positive and negative effects on the natural environment; and critical issues related to governance and accountability of policy-makers, governments and the private sector (IPBES 2019). The report emphasizes that only through ‘transformative change’, nature can still be conserved, restored, and used sustainably. Recognizing this and implementing these transformative changes in political decisions and governance at global, national and local levels, and in economic management and individual behavior is crucial in order to achieve the other global sustainable development goals. The research we carry out at LUCSUS are important for this transformative change.


Read more about LUCSUS' research on biodiversity and comments on the IPBES global assessment report


Research projects related to biodiversity

The Nature of Peace – The dynamics between post-conflict peacebuilding and environmental protection


Silent Forests – Defaunation as the missing piece in forest governance

NATURVATION – NATure-based Urban innoVATION

Land is Life

LU Land


Reducing deforestation in Colombia while building peace and pursuing business as usual extractivism?

Natural solutions to combat climate change may ignore power, marginalisation and local agency 

Current frameworks to assess human-nature relationships are too simplified and risk compromise human dependence on nature

Children's relationship with nature is key to future sustainable forest management

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

Blog post: Hunting can contribute to forest governance

Torsten Krause comments on the Amazon fires

Segrasses have a hugely important ecological and economic role – new research publication 

LUCSUS' research on biodiversity: comment on IPBES global assessment report

Hunting jeopardizes forest carbon storage, yet is overlooked in climate mitigation efforts

What future for primates? Conservation struggles in the forests of Cross River State, Nigeria

En miljon arter hotas av utrotning

Mine Islar comments on IPBES global assessment: loss of biodiversity is as crucial as climate change

Torsten Krause comments on the exploitation and deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon

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Interview with Torsten Krause

VIDEO:Torsten Krause on how COVID-19 affects indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon and why we need to talk about sustainable hunting and wildlife consumption.
Video by Focali.

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