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Conservation Research Institute


Three talks celebrating CCI Alumni

Dr Josie Chambers - Wageningen University & Research

Co-productive agility for sustainability transformations

Co-production, the collaborative weaving of research and practice by diverse societal actors, is argued to play an important role in sustainability transformations. Yet, there is still poor understanding of how to navigate the tensions that emerge in these processes. Through analyzing 32 initiatives worldwide that co-produced knowledge and action to foster sustainable social-ecological relations, this talk conceptualizes ‘co-productive agility’ as an emergent feature vital for turning tensions into transformations. Co-productive agility refers to the willingness and ability of diverse actors to iteratively engage in reflexive dialogues to grow shared ideas and actions that would not have been possible from the outset. It relies on embedding knowledge production within processes of change to constantly recognize, reposition, and navigate tensions and opportunities. We argue that research and practice spend too much time closing down debate over different agendas for change – thereby avoiding, suppressing, or polarizing tensions, and call for more efforts to facilitate better interactions among different agendas.

Sayam Chowdhury - University of Cambridge

Important shorebirds sites of Bangladesh - status, threats and conservation

Between 2009 and 2019, the Bangladesh Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Project conducted shorebird surveys along the coast of Bangladesh with special focus on the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Key shorebird sites were identified, threats assessed and conservation measures taken. I will present the results of these surveys including counts, threats, conservation interventions and habitat preference of endangered shorebirds.

Dr Alfredo Romero-Muñoz - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Understanding the geographies of threat: the impact of habitat destruction and exploitation on mammals in the Gran Chaco.

We reconstruct over three decades the spatial impact of both threats on different aspects of the mammalian diversity (a single species [the jaguar], the entire community, and the taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic facets of biodiversity). We use these results to identify key areas for proactive habitat protection and threat management, which could more effective conservation strategies for each biodiversity aspect targeted.

Livestream: David Attenborough Building - Main Seminar Room

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Wednesday, 17 November, 2021 - 16:00