ZEF theme: Governance, conflicts and natural resources

Governance, conflicts and natural resources

Collective decision-making and governance as well as the absence of appropriate governance structures have a tremendous impact on development processes.

The assessment of centralized as well as decentralized, functional, organizational and segmentary forms of governance arrangements is pivotal in addressing the challenges of natural resources management, including the prevention and management of conflicts. Moreover, inequality is a major concern calling for inclusive development approaches.

The sustainable use and management of natural resources are the major linking elements between this and the other research areas.


Amazonian and Cerrado Biomes in danger
May 13, 2019.

 Soy plantations threaten larger areas of rainforest and its habitats with the improvement of infrastructure, study shows - MapBiomas awards research of ZEF-scientists and colleagues

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The Global Biodiversity Summit: An urgent call to action
May 10, 2019.

 Paris - Scientists and policy makers from all across the globe met at the 7th plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) from April 28th to May 4th, 2019. More than 800 people participated at this summit which was hosted by the UNESCO in Paris.

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ZEF in the press


Selection biases and spillovers from collective conservation incentives in the Peruvian Amazon

Video Abstract to Publication by Renzo Giudice (ZEF Junior Researcher). Publication by Renzo Giudice, Jan Börner, Sven Wunder and Elias Cisneros, published by IOP Publishing Ltd.