Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
Biological diversity is a cornerstone of healthy and functioning ecosystems and ultimately also human well-being. 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 has 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.
Ongoing research projects
Beneath the canopy - traditional knowledge and wildlife hunting in the Colombian Amazon
Research on the interactions between formal and informal institutions on hunting practices and the ecological and social implications in the Colombian Amazon region.
Research on pathways towards an efficient alignment of the financial system with the needs of biodiversity.
Environmental Policy Instruments across Commodity Chains (EPICC)
Research on multi-level governance for Biodiversity Protection and Climate Action in Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia.
Research to explore plural values of human-nature relationships in glacierized environments.
Environmental Human Rights Defenders
Research on change agents at the Crossroads of climate change, biodiversity and cultural conservation.
Benefit-sharing of Genetic Resources
An advanced study group that deals with different dimensions of benefit sharing in connection with genetic resources.