ICTA-UAB Gathers Worldwide Experts on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

ICTA-UAB is organizing the sixth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice from June 23rd to July 5th.

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.

A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

Climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of marine life, but the full extent of these changes under future warming has been difficult to predict due to the limitations of individual ecosystem models used for such forecasts.

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.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

Urban green spaces do not benefit the health of all

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

ERASMUS+ Edu-BioMed News: ICTA-UAB organizes workshops in Jabal Moussa and Shouf Biosphere Reserves (Lebanon) addressed to university...

From next April, 29th to May, 2nd, about 40 professors and professionals from the higher education institutions from Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, France and Italy will meet in two Lebanese Biosphere Reserves (Jabal Moussa and Shouf) to discuss how to improve Moroccan and Lebanese higher education and academic research in the context of Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves (BRs).

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé has been awarded an Advanced Grant (AdvGr) from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop the project "New geochemical approach to reconstruct tropical palaeo-atmospheric dynamics" (PALADYN).

Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

​The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could produce fresh, healthy and sustainable agricultural food and guarantee the food sovereignty of cities, which are becoming increasingly populated.

Se prevén niveles de polen muy altos para esta primavera

Las polinizaciones de esta primavera y verano comenzarán en el momento habitual pero serán muy importantes.

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).

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide: climate change drives rainfall extremes

More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, according a new study involving ICTA-UAB researcher Finn Mempel.

Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

Date: 2018-04-19

Droughts, floods and high temperatures derived from climate change are not the only threats that farmers with irrigated crops must face. Increased prices of fertilizers, market dynamics and reduced access to credits are other difficulties they must deal with in order to make their crops economically sustainable.

This is the result of a research project carried out by Marie Curie researcher at the ICTA-UAB Sergio Villamayor-Tomas. The project aims to understand the management that local communities make of natural resources such as irrigation, forestry or fishing, from an environmental justice perspective.

The research, carried out in Mexico together with Dr. Gustavo García López of the University of Puerto Rico, analyzed the capacity of irrigated farmers to adapt to droughts and whether their membership to irrigation associations and ejidos (communal land systems) facilitates it.

The research revealed that the adaptation of farmers to water disturbances is much better if irrigation associations work well, since they improve access to information about climate conditions, implement measures to improve water efficiency and can also channel funds to farmers. The study reveals, however, that the management of water problems are worse managed by those who cultivate on communal lands than by those who cultivate private lands, since the average size of farming plots in communal lands is smaller and has fewer resources. It also highlights that the capacity of these associations has been greatly undermined by the economic liberalization policies and land reforms applied in recent decades.

More recently, Villamayor-Tomas along with García-López finalized an article that explores how the participation of local communities of natural resources management in protest actions and environmental justice movements affects the way in which these communities manage resources. To do that, they synthesized the findings of 81 case studies around the world.

Their evidence shows that one of the most important effects of community movements is the defense of their rights to use and manage their resources against different threats. These threats include not only the intrusion of large resource-use actors (large logging and fishing companies, etc.) and large-scale extractive projects (water transfers or mining projects) in their communities, but also Government privatization and conservation policies that restrict community access to resources and the way they administer them.

Interestingly, the mobilization of local communities against these threats can not only guarantee their use and management rights, but also involve longer-term benefits for community resource management. These benefits include the democratization of communities' collective decision-making processes, the revitalization of identity bonds and local ecological knowledge, the implementation of community development projects, and the creation of nested organizations (of second order) for the management of resources. Exploring those possible longer-term effects would be the next step to further connect environmental justice with aids for the community-based management of natural resources.

On 20, 21 and 22 of June Villamayor-Tomas, García-Lopez and Giacomo D'Alisa (University of Coimbra) will be at the ICTA-UAB to receive some 30 international researchers participating in the "Workshop on Social Movements and Commons: A Virtuous Circle?" Https://www.iasc-commons.org/event/ws- social-mobilization-commons/). During the workshop, they will reflect on the interactions between environmental justice movements and community management of natural resources, green infrastructures and other urban spaces, and public services.

Irrigation farmers and associations against droughts and global market disturbances: a large n-study from BAT :: video communication on Vimeo.


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