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.

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.

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).

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).
MdM SEMINAR SERIES - "Nature and the SDGs: using big data to understand the health and well-being impacts of conservation" by Dr. Brendan Fisher

Date: 2019-06-21



Title: "Nature and the SDGs: using big data to understand the health and well-being impacts of conservation"

Speaker: Dr. Brendan Fisher, University of Vermont

Date: Friday June 21st 2019
Time: 11.30h
Venue: Sala Montseny Z/023


The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have an aim to “protect the planet from degradation... so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.”  While real tradeoffs can indeed arise between conservation and economic development, the recent Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Report on Planetary Health states unequivocally that “The environment has been the foundation of human flourishing”.  To advance the SDGs − given their number and many complex interactions − a focus on actions that address several goals at once seems prudent. To test whether well-targeted conservation of nature – “protecting the planet from degradation” in SDG parlance – is one such efficient approach, we built a database of social, economic and biophysical conditions for over 800,000 households across 49 less-and-least developed countries.  Using a big data approach, our specific goal was to understand how forest conditions and ecosystem management impact a suite of human wellbeing indicators (e.g. diarrheal disease, childhood stunting, anemia, household wealth). Our results support the growing empirical evidence on the positive relationship between ecosystem health and human health and offer specific, policy-relevant ways, for how the scientific, implementation and donor communities can capitalize on the services of nature to help efficiently deliver on several SDGs.

Dr. Brendan Fisher is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Program and the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont.  His research and fieldwork lie at the nexus of conservation, development, natural resource economics and human behavior.  He is the author of over 85 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as poverty, health, ecosystem services and biological conservation.  He is the author of two books, Valuing Ecosystem Services (Earthscan, London, 2008) and A Field Guide to Economics for Conservationists (Roberts and Company, 2015).  In 2013 he was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow.  When he’s not working he spends most of his time enjoying the Vermont outdoors with his wife and three children.

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