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SABER CULTURAL

SAfeguarding Biodiversity and Ecosystem seRvices by integrating CULTURAL values in freshwater management: learning from Maori  

Freshwater ecosystems are essential to people´s economic, cultural and social wellbeing, yet are still one of the most seriously threatened ecosystems on the planet. This conflict is reflected in political regulations that ask to halt the loss of, restore and safeguard freshwaters, their biodiversity and the ecosystem services they provide. Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM), a holistic approach advocated to help doing so, involves an overarching regulatory framework and local solutions with trade-offs and compromises - factors that make decision processes complex and easily co-opted.

In SABER CULTURAL, we use a well-known participatory decision support framework (MCA) to tackle two major challenges in freshwater EBM: 1) including cultural values that build a conceptual link between natural resources/biodiversity and local knowledge, besides traditionally considered ecological and socio-economic ones, and 2) accounting for uncertainty. MCA is selected because it is i) transparent, ii) allows for the whole range of stakeholder values to be quantified and accounted for, iii) can be used to robustly test outcomes of different management scenarios, and iv) can ultimately be used to prioritise cost-effective management actions with collective buy in. To forecast ecosystem services flow under different management alternatives, MCA is coupled with a novel modelling approach (ARIES). We test the MCA-ARIES framework in New Zealand, where cultural Maori-values play a prominent role in freshwater management, and transfer the flow models to the river basin scale to inform existing management plans and policies in Europe. With SABER CULTURAL we establish new standards for freshwater management in New Zealand, create knowledge that helps reaching EU biodiversity and environment targets and add  value to the dialogue among EU policy sectors. Additionally, SABER CULTURAL provides a unique opportunity to gain the skills I need to become an established, independent researcher in Europe.


Start date: January 2018

End date: December 2020

Call: HORIZON 2020-H2020-MSCA-IF-2016-GLOBAL

Partners in SABER CULTURAL:

BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change

Partner Organisation: University of Otago (New Zealand)

Key people involved in BC3:

Dr. Simone D. Langhans (She will join BC3 in 01/01/2020)

Supervisor at BC3: Dr. Ferdinando Villa

Supervisor at University of Otago: Dr. Marc Schallenberg  

  Website: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/208948_en.html 

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SABER CULTURAL received funding from the Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - European Commission. Grant Agreement number 748625

 



 
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