European Governance and Ecosystem Management for Biodiversity Conservation

GEM-CON-BIO (Governance and ecosystems management for the conservation of biodiversity) explores the interactions between different methods for the management, ownership and use of natural resources currently employed in Europe and globally to identify which processes and institutions can best contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.

Governance and ecosystems management for the conservation of biodiversity - Photo: GEM-CON-BIO

GEM-CON-BIO is conducting research on a series of case studies from around Europe, which are managed in different ways (e.g. private ownership, public authority, community management etc), to compare the "success" and "failure" of different biodiversity conservation approaches. From this the project is developing recommendation and model approaches for sustainable land use.

A participatory process through a science-policy interface will lead to the development of a set of policy guidelines applicable at different levels of governance and in a variety of biodiversity contexts.
The following reports will be made available at different stages of the project:

  • Report on existing governance types. This report presents the types and modes of governance related to the management of ecosystems and the conservation of biodiversity.
  • Report on ecosystem management. This report will discuss the different ways in which natural resources are used and managed in Europe, and what factors determine the sustainable use of those resources.
  • A final report will be issued at the end of the project (2008) to make available all the analytical evidence and results of the case studies. One booklet (policy guidelines) to present the results oriented to policy makers will be available at the end of the project (2008).

Donor: European Commission, DG Research
Partners: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Coordinator), IUCN, Stockholm University, Centre for Transdisciplinary Environmental Research, Ecologic, Anatrack Ltd, Tero Ltd, University of Debrecen, Centre for Environmental Management and Policy, Danube Delta National Institute for R&D, Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities to Leipzig
Project duration: 1 February 2006 – 30 April 2008
Contact person: Paul Grigoriev

European Union
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