SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

HABC: Human Adaption to BioDiversity Change

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Time period

Funding from Ecosystems Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) 2010-11

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Associated CeDEP research

Objectives and scope

The project aimed to kickstart the development of appropriate conceptual frameworks, methods and integrated models for understanding Human Adaptation to Biodiversity Change (HABC) and change in related ecosystem services that could eventually be used to predict outcomes for biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being in highly biodiversity dependent societies. Integrative conceptual frameworks were developed linking biodiversity change, ecosystem services and livelihood and knowledge system change. These were applied to and tested in an area in the Western Ghats where forests and forest livelihoods have been severely affected by the spread of an invasive species, Lantana camara.