Information about our theory, practice, methods and techniques

Colombo wetland management framework

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A key output of the ‘Increasing the resilience of biodiversity and livelihoods in Colombo’s wetlands’ project is the Wetland Management Framework. This builds on existing legislation and policies of the key government agencies, and incorporates a set of co-developed principles that have been created to help guide successful wetland management within Colombo.

Understanding Relational Values in Conservation Practices

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Dinda Prayunita is currently pursuing an MSc in Sustainable Development at KU Leuven. She has extensive experience in forestry and biodiversity conservation and has become increasingly interested in the social science domain to achieve better conservation outcomes. We invited Dinda to share some reflections on her research journey in this post.

Community Owned Internet: DIY networks

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DIY networks are local wifi zones independent of the internet. The key component of such networks is a computer unit that acts as a ‘server’ which can be accessed through a wifi signal that the unit broadcasts. Anyone with a phone, tablet or laptop can access the information available within the DIY network if they are in range of the wifi signal.

Using technology to combat environmental crime

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Technological advances in recent years have made it possible for regulatory bodies, non-governmental organisations, and citizens to employ more technologies in the monitoring and enforcement of environmental law. This video features three interviews – including one from Dr Andrea Berardi – about the innovative ways that drones, satellites and a smartphone app are helping to engage and empower organisations and citizens in the fight against environmental crime.

Why use photographs in field research?

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The use of images produced by the researcher or interviewee can facilitate the creation of a bridge between the different experiences of reality. Photo elicitation is a very useful technique in allowing participants to share their inner views, ideas, perspectives. The Cobra Collective makes wide use of this tool in order to engage local communities in finding the challenges they face in their everyday life and in sharing possible solutions to these challenges.

What is Indigenous health and well-being?

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Among many Indigenous peoples, health is not limited to the health of the body. It also includes the health of the soul, of the community, of the earth and its spirits. All of these categories are highly connected in a complex and holistic system, which explains the health status of an individual and a group of individuals. It has now become urgent to actively engage with this complexity.

Why bridging traditional knowledge and environmental science matters

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In the Collective, we endeavour to bridge Indigenous and Western science knowledge systems i.e. maintain the integrity of each knowledge system while creating spaces for a two-way exchange of understanding for mutual learning. We do this by recognising multiple epistemologies – the underlying values and beliefs – in environmental management and governance, by using a diverse range of methods and processes, and by connecting across spatial and temporal scales for collective action.

Controlling the Zika virus with Community Owned Solutions

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In this article, we discuss an alternative ’community owned solution’ to deal with Aedes mosquitos that has been shown to be highly successful in communities in Vietnam, with great potential for inspiring other Aedes ’hotspots’ throughout the world.