Links to EU FP7-funded projects that are working towards similar goals as those of COMBIOSERVE.
CIVI.NET - The Capacity of Civil Society Organisations and their Networks in Community-based Environmental Management
The CiVi.net project aims to analyze, transfer and disseminate successful and sustainable community based solutions with regard to ecosystem service management in Latin America. The main focus is on institutional settings in terms of original rules and related governance models which help to prevent and resolve tensions arising from the necessary new repartition and use of natural resources. 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 applied. 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.
COBRA - Community Owned Best Practice for Sustainable Resource Adaptive Management in the Guiana Shield, South America
Novel funding initiatives are on the cusp of implementation across the developing world. Community owned solutions for the management of ecosystem services have the potential to act as showcases for determining the most effective and efficient use of these emerging funding streams in order to maximise social justice and ecological sustainability. The COBRA Project brings together key South American and European Civil Society Organisations that have extensive experience in enabling and disseminating grassroots solutions to complex problems in the Guiana Shield region of Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The research institutions on the project have scientific expertise to rigorously evaluate these grassroots solutions and determine their impact, while the commercial enterprise brings with it the business and technical expertise for promoting the financial viability of these initiatives. The COBRA Project envisions a future where socially and ecologically sustainable community-owned solutions will inspire, and become a full part of, development programs in the Guiana Shield region and beyond. Its mission is to find ways to integrate community solutions within policies addressing escalating social, economic and environmental crises, through accessible information and communication technologies.
COMET-LA - Community-based Management of Environmental Challenges in Latin America
Human development is leading to unprecedented environmental challenges, including aquatic, biodiversity, forest and marine and coastal systems, all within the context of climate change. How to respond to these challenges is a key research question for this consortium. Research is needed to better understand local capabilities to encourage and support potential locally-owned solutions and to increase the awareness of policy makers to local-global interactions. Latin America is home to an outstanding stock of natural resources, most of them traditionally managed by local communities. But at the same time these resources are under increasing pressures. The aim of COMET-LA 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.
ECO-ADAPT - Ecosystem-based Strategies and Innovations in Water Governance Networks for Adaptation to Climate Change in Latin American landscapes
Latin America is highly affected by the increasing occurrence of extreme weather events. The global scientific community agrees that climatic changes observed in the past will continue to increase in the future, and that the impacts and damage they will wreak depend on the development status of a particular territory. While it is difficult to establish with certainty how, when and where climate change will have an impact, it is necessary for development paths include measures to deal with possible negative consequences and make proactive changes that can help mitigate such consequences. Such climate change adaptation approaches are especially key in areas witnessing current or potential tensions over natural resources, particularly water resources. The ECO-ADAPT project willm over the course of four years as of January 2012, integrate the work of scientists and civil society in three Latin American regions: the Jujuy Model forest in Argentina, the Chiquitano Forest in Bolivia and the Malleco in Chile. The project seeks to demonstrate that scientists and civil society organisations can team up to design strategies with strong social and technical foundations that promote adaptation to climate change: combining the different sources and forms of knowledge of scientists and community organisations is the challenge this project will meet.
ENGOV - Environmental Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: Developing Frameworks for Sustainable and Equitable Natural Resource Use
EnGov is a collaborative research project between Latin American and European researchers funded by the European Commission. ENGOV focuses on the obstacles and possibilities for sustainable production systems that can generate both economic development and a more equitable knowledge input and distribution of benefits across ethnic, socioeconomic and gender lines in order to decrease poverty, exclusion, and environmental degradation in the region.