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European Commons and Biodiversity

Research fields Political ecologies
Keywords Governance
Duration April 2019 - January 2025
Researchers Delcourt Pierre Yves (Research Advisory) [email]
Hymas Olivier (Research Advisory) [email]
Walters Gretchen (Supervision) [web] [email]

Recent advances in conservation policy, science and practice are starting to recognise territorial commons worldwide. However, in Europe, some countries recognise their commons, while others disregard or seek to abolish them. We are interested in understanding new roles for commons in Europe, in the context of sustainable development.

We explore the contributions that commons make to people, using an ecosystem services model. We further explore how commons contribute to biodiversity conservation policy, through "Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs), recognised by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, and now part of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the EU and Swiss Confederation's 2030 Biodiversity strategies.

La Garandie, France.