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Cultural ecosystem services and human well-being in Madagascar under climate change

Fachgebiet: Geographische Gesellschaft-Umwelt-Forschung
Gefördert durch: Zukunftskolleg Konstanz

Projektleitung: , Razanajatovo, M.
Projektwissenschaftler: Dr. Jan Petzold, Kosanic, A.

Laufzeit: 05/2019 - 10/2019

Anthropogenic climate change, together with other global change drivers are predicted to have an unprecedented impact on human well-being. Interdisciplinary knowledge on the interplay between environmental protection, nature conservation and public health is urgently required in order to improve the current governance systems. In this project, we will unravel synergies and trade-offs between climate change impacts related to cultural ecosystem services and to ‘ecological grief’ in Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, but hosting a significant proportion of the world's biodiversity. Specifically, we will carry out a survey (1) to identify climate change main associated impacts across central and east Madagascar, and (2) to identify importance of cultural ecosystem services across different local communities and sub groups and their relationship to human well-being. The proposed project will allow us to collate spatially informed data on cultural ecosystem services, human well-being and climate change impacts. The expected outcome of the project includes an evidence-based information for local policy makers, conservation practitioners and climate change agencies to improve government efforts towards a sustainable development.

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