Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .

Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.

European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is launching an open call to support rooftop greenhouse projects, in the framework of GROOF Project.

El ICTA-UAB participa en el proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos

El Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) es una de las instituciones impulsoras de un proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos para disminuir el impacto de las altas temperaturas del verano.

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the Goldsmiths University of London suggest that emissions reduction is only compatible with a lower economical degrowth or a degrowth scenario.

Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).
Esdeveniments
Workshop "Conservation, Climate Change And Decolonisation - Exploring New Frontiers In Conservation Social Science"

Date: 2019-10-29 / 2019-10-30

Workshop "Conservation, Climate Change And Decolonisation - Exploring New Frontiers In Conservation Social Science"

Date: 29-30 October, 2019
Venue: ICTA-UAB, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


Understanding biodiversity conservation and its role in diverse society and contemporary social dilemmas faces diverse interlocking challenges. First, conservation is integrally bound up in the function and reproduction of capitalism, in the form of carbon/biodiversity offsets, (eco-)tourism in and around protected areas, and the broader commodification of ecosystem services. In fact, conservation is often misrecognised to be separate, even a refuge, from capitalism. If conservation (and climate change) policies are tied to an agenda of economic growth and development, they contribute to depoliticise and foreclose discussion on the nature of the social and economic forces causing biodiversity loss and climate change and hinder implementation of effective solutions to deal with these problems. Second, in search of solutions to anthropogenic climate change, transitions to low carbon societies can also entail dramatic re-organisations of conservation estate and policy – and therefore also society – whilst climate change itself might require changing conservation policy to cope with the habitat change it causes, changing current geographies of conservation. A third challenge is that conservation social science, although not as much as mainstream conservation science, primarily reproduces research practices and paradigms that have been developed in the West, which result in specific forms of knowledge, social organization and ways of apprehending the world.

The purpose of this 2-day workshop, organized by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) and the University of Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) is to bring together conservation and climate change social scientists from all ages and from across the world to share their most recent research tackling at least one of the three challenges highlighted above. The workshop will combine participants’ short presentations with networking activities and focus group discussions to plan diverse interventions in these debates including academic publications, more popular writings, new projects and further networking opportunities.

If interested in participating, please send a 250 words article abstract by the 31/08, to esteve.corbera@uab.cat and d.brockington@sheffield.ac.uk. Accepted participants will be notified by 15/09.


Keynote speakers

Sarah Bracking (King’s College London, UK)
Ashwini Chhatre (Indian School of Business, India)
Catherine Corson (Mount Holyoke College, USA)
Rosaleen Duffy (University of Sheffield, UK)
 
Organisers

Esteve Corbera, Sara Maestre-Andrés, Giorgos Kallis and Sergio Villamayor (ICTA-UAB)
Dan Brockington and Rose Pritchard (University of Sheffield)
 
International promoters

Elia Apostolopoulou and Bill Adams (UK), Jonathan Barton (Chile), Tor A. Benjaminsen (Norway), Jessica Dempsey (Canada), Leticia Durand and Fernanda Figueroa (Mexico), Rob Fletcher (The Netherlands), Jens F. Lund (Denmark), Christine Noe (Tanzania), Tracey Osborne and Paul Robbins (USA), Nitin Rai (India), Andreas Scheba (South Africa), Gert Van Hecken (Belgium), Maria Alejandra Velez (Colombia).

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