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).

ICTA-UAB to organize the sixth edition of the Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice

Proposing pathways outside the growth, closure and depressive narratives.

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

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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.

ICTA-UAB researcher Gara Villalba receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) announced the recipients of its Consolidator Grant competition: 291 top scientists across Europe.

The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

For the first time since its founding, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded approximately 1 million euros by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ funding scheme.

ICTA-UAB contributes to bridging science and society in the 100xCiencia.3

ICTA-UAB took part in the 100xCiencia.3 “Bringing Science and Society”, the annual event of the SOMMa Alliance held on November 15th at the CNIO in Madrid.

Citizens prefer landscapes that combine nature with built infrastructure

A pioneering study analyses the photographs shared by citizens in social networks to evaluate the aesthetic consideration of natural landscapes.

Co-managed small-scale fisheries lead to social and ecological improvements

The co-management model of small groups of fishermen contributes to a greater abundance and habitats of species.

ICTA-UAB to design participative and concurred forest fire prevention strategies for the Montseny region

Scientists from the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) aim to design prevention strategies for forest fires occurring in the Montseny Biosphere Reserve through a citizen participation process.

Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

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.
EEI SEMINAR: "What is essential for effective stakeholder engagement to ensure local sustainable water-related climate actions in coastal areas? Experiences from Ghana and Mexico", by David Smith

Date: 2019-01-09

Title: "What is essential for effective stakeholder engagement to ensure local sustainable water-related climate actions in coastal areas? Experiences from Ghana and Mexico."

Speaker: David Smith

Moderator: Beatriz Rodriquez Labajos

Day: Wednesday, 9th of January, 2019
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023

Climate change impacts at coastal regions show the greatest need for intervention to ensure robust sustainability. Our research has focused on three main questions in relation to these impacts: How can bottom-up local knowledge on water and climate needs be identified and captured? What are the barriers to effective bottom-up knowledge and needs information gathering? What is the evidence of effective bottom-up knowledge and needs information interaction and integration? In order to research these questions we undertook an empirical approach to the investigation through engaging with stakeholders from two case studies on two continents (La Paz, Mexico; Accra, Ghana) highlighting the global nature of the climate impacts. The results have shown that the stakeholders concur in that there is a need to create or engage with the existing platforms, advisory groups, associations, committees or grass root organisations that incorporate all the local actors (in this context called Boundary or Bridge Organisation) and consulting (participatory approaches, workshops etc.) directly with local organisations are the most effective ways of obtaining bottom-up local knowledge and needs. In terms of evidencing that engagement with stakeholders has taken place the stakeholders from both sites have concurred that through the implementation of participatory methods; through the creation of partnerships, platforms, associations between relevant stakeholders (i.e. Boundary / Bridge organisations); through interest, motivation and community engagement; the implementation of education schemes at local level and through the local media reporting on the issues at hand, will show that engagement has taken place. Following this research we see the importance of boundary organisations in capturing and evidencing and overcoming the barriers to knowledge transfer from local level to decision-making level. We conclude by stating that further research should focus on how boundary organsations should be set-up, organised and what their roles should be within the water and climate challenges that the local coastal areas are facing specifically in developing countries.

David Smith has a Bachelors degree in Botany and Zoology (2000) from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and an Honors Degree in Limnology (2001) from the same University. David has a Masters Degree in Water and Environmental Management from Loughborough University (UK) (2015). He is the director of the consulting company, Water, Environment and Business for Development (WE&B). His expertise in economic and social development is focused on environmental management, integrated water resource management, process innovations, business models, economic viability, ecosystem services, climate change adaptation and mitigation and capacity building. He has worked for four and a half years as a project coordinator at the research center, CTM, and 5 years (2003 – 2008) for the water and wastewater treatment company Thames Water Utilities Ltd, London, England. He was an elected board member (2012 – 2013) of the European Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP), and Co-Chair the WssTP water reuse task force (2011 – 2013). He is currently a core member of the International Water Association Ecosystem Services Specialist group.

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