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Quantifying Global-Level Synergies and Trade-Offs between Biodiversity Conservation and Nature Based Climate Solutions

While global policy increasingly recognises the value of terrestrial habitats for climate stabilisation, carbon-biodiversity relationships are complex. This project will inform intergovernmental negotiations by combining CCI and wider expertise to quantify the emissions-reduction potential of a biodiversity restoration actions, and the biodiversity consequences of contrasting nature-based climate solutions.

Sustainable Finance for Conservation Landscapes in the post-COVID World

Our project will explore sustainable financing for conservation in the post-COVID19 context. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly disrupted traditional conservation finance models relying on private market flows. The results will contribute towards developing sustainable finance alternatives for conserving multi-functional landscapes that deliver positive outcomes for both people and nature.

Plastic connectivity: disentangling the problem of plastic pollution for pelagic seabirds

Plastic pollution is global and conspicuous threat to marine life, but little is known about its impacts. This project evaluates the risk of plastic encounter for seabirds, using an extensive tracking dataset and models of marine plastic distribution. We focus on petrels; an ocean-going group of seabirds containing some of our most threatened and least…

Integrating science, policy and sustainable development to address African-Eurasian migrant landbird declines: African perspectives on a flyway-wide issue

Flyway-wide collaboration is key to effectively support conservation action for declining migrant landbirds across their range. This project brings together African science and policy experts in collaboration with European experts to review existing science, policy and practice, and explore innovative trans-disciplinary opportunities to deliver migrant landbird conservation across rapidly-changing landscapes.

Global Swimways – balancing conservation of migratory fishes and development

Anthropogenic use of water resources is driving high levels of decline and extinction in freshwater species, in large part due to the  extensive impacts of hydrological alteration and fragmentation, which is leading to major disruption of fish migration routes.  To quantify this threat the project developed the “Global Swimways” concept for freshwater migratory fish as…

Evaluating the success of carbon projects aimed at protecting tropical forests and benefiting local livelihoods

It is becoming clear that protecting swathes of tropical forest through REDD+ schemes presents diverse and significant challenges. Nevertheless, the collaborators involved with this proposal, FFI, RSPB, Permian Global, South East Asian Rainforest Research Partnership, Brazilian National Research Agency and The University of Cambridge departments of Geography, Zoology and Plant Sciences, believe that carbon projects…

Does biodiversity promote greater human happiness?

People appear to be happier and reinvigorated when in more natural settings. But are all green spaces equal at promoting happiness? Diversity—the number and abundance of different species in particular systems—is thought to be important for ensuring the resilience of ecosystem services (such as food production, climate regulation, and pest control) that underpin human wellbeing.…

Beyond win-win: interrogating ecosystem services dynamics

While the ecosystem services framework offers the potential for developing approaches that simultaneously provide ecological stability and livelihood security, especially in the most vulnerable regions of the world, there are often tradeoffs associated with the pursuit of multiple objectives, by multiple stakeholders, across multiple temporal and spatial scales. Choices are ubiquitous in natural resource management…

Integrating socio-economic data to improve the design and impact of REDD+ schemes

Policies to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) are becoming increasingly important as a mechanism to protect tropical forests.  International negotiations have resulted in criteria under which such schemes can be implemented. At the same time, there is an emerging consensus that in order for these schemes to be successful and ensure adequate…