Conservation is dependent on engaging with society and improving human lives, alongside wildlife and habitat protection.  To maintain biodiversity at all scales, our actions must be integrated and sustainable within the communities affected.  ECOS partners work to benefit both the environment and human wellbeing by contributing new theory, evidence and practical tools for improving conservation interventions.

Example projects within this theme are provided below.  For further details of our work please follow this link.

Investing in agroforestry options for forest restoration in Indonesia.

Southeast Asia has the lowest proportion of remaining forest cover and highest rate of contemporary deforestation of any tropical region. This project aims to use agroforestry to restore degraded tropical forests in order to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as replenishing timber and non-timber forest product resources.

Learning From Observational Data To Improve Protected Area Management.

Law enforcement is an essential part of Protected Area (PA) management. This project aims to determine how patrol data can best be analysed by PA managers to monitor enforcement effort, inform future patrolling strategies, and motivate rangers.

Information transfer and the effectiveness of behaviour change strategies in conservation.

Almost all conservation interventions are designed to change human behaviour, however, very little is understood about how information reaches its targets, and how this ‘transfer’ of information can be made more effective or efficient. This PhD project aims to understand how information from a conservation intervention is transferred, how it flows through a communities and how this affects behaviour.