2012-2013 Global Challenges Research Team

Research proposed by Global Challenges Research Teams shows potential for providing great understanding towards transformational outcomes for real-world problems and provide strategies to sustain initiatives and research beyond the initial SoGES investment.

Conservation Development

Evaluating an Emerging Approach for Sustaining Biodiversity and Human Communities in Rapidly Changing Landscapes This GCRT's mission is to synthesize data on the practice of Conservation Development (CD), to evaluate the outcomes of CD, and to engage with practitioners to inform the design of future development and land conservation. They define CD as an approach to the design, construction and stewardship of a development that achieves functional protection of natural resources while also providing social and economic benefits to human communities. The GCRT is comprised of 30 collaborators from four universities, five government agencies and conservation organizations, and 12 departments and five colleges at CSU. The ecologists, geographers, sociologists, planners, and experts in conservation finance, real estate, and landscape design on the team give them the breadth of expertise necessary to advance the frontier of Conservation Development. SoGES focal areas addressed: Biodiversity, Conservation and Management; Sustainable Communities; Land and Water Resources

Environmental Governance Working Group (EGWG)

The EGWG is a multi-disciplinary community seeking to advance research on environmental governance at Colorado State University. For the purposes of this multidisciplinary project, we define environmental governance as the formal and informal institutions/policies/rules/practices that shape how humans interact with the environment at all levels of social organization. This broad working definition recognizes the variation in disciplinary approaches and specific research foci. The study of environmental governance includes—but is not limited to—research on environmental policies and management practices, community conservation programs, common property resource regimes, collaborative decision-making processes, and markets for environmental goods and services. Environmental governance research may investigate particular arrangements and/or address broader questions of authority, accountability, legitimacy, participation, and fairness and equity.

Reducing Vulnerability and Improving Sustainability to Natural Disasters at the Natural, Built, Social, and Economic Interface

The purpose of this GCRT will be to create an interdisciplinary, multidimensional understanding of how communities—in concert with the natural systems within which they interactively exist—may be made less vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters.