Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Photo: R. Malinga
bioSUSTAINABILITY — a core project of DIVERSITAS
bioSUSTAINABILITY develops new knowledge to guide policy and decision making that support sustainable use of biodiversity; evaluating the effectiveness of current conservation measures; studying the social, political and economic drivers of biodiversity loss, as well as social choice and decision making.
The mission of bioSUSTAINABILITY is to evaluate the effectiveness of current measures for management of ecosystem services and to study decision making  systems concerning the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

bioSUSTAINABILITY is a core project of DIVERSITAS which links biology, ecology and social sciences, to produce socially relevant new knowledge to support sustainable use of biodiversity.
 
Research priorities
- to define the roles of institutions in the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services

- to address mismatches between biological, economic and political boundaries

- to incorporate ecosystem services into full-cost accounting of socio-economic decision making

- to improve decision making processes with multiple stakeholder groups

- to improve models of complex interactions between human and ecological systems to services to manage risks and uncertainties
 
Projects in progress
- Urban Atlas Project

- African Partnership Project on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity

- Natural Capital Project

-Research collaboration Stockholm-Stellenbosch

- bioSUSTAINABILITY workshop on developing an ecosystem service perspective on CBD targets and indicators organized by bioSUSTAINABILITY of DIVERSITAS, hosted by Stockholm Resilience Centre

Co-Chairs of bioSUSTAINABILITY
Thomas Elmqvist (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Stephen Polasky (University of Minnesota, USA)

Science Committee of bioSUSTAINABILITY
Francisco Alpizar (Environment and Development Center for Central America and Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program, Costa Rica)

Christo Fabricius (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University George Campus, South Africa)

Hugh Possingham (University of Queensland, Australia)

Seema Purushothaman (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India)

Belinda Reyers (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa)

Kerrie Wilson (University of Queensland, Australia)

Project Coordinator
Maria Schewenius (Stockholm Resilience Centre)

2010-05-25 | Sturle Hauge Simonsen

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