CiVi.net (The capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) and their networks in community based environmental management) is an EU FP7 project, coordinated by ZALF in Müncheberg (Germany). It involves a consortium of 7 partners, 4 of which in Europe and 3 in Latin America. The overall aim of CiVi.net is to analyse, transfer and disseminate successful and sustainable community based solutions with regard to ecosystem service management in Latin America. The main focus is placed on institutional settings in terms of original rules and related governance models which help to prevent and resolve tensions arising from a necessary new repartition and use of natural resources. Thereby, the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) within these governance models is in the core of the research. To meet these challenges, CiVi.net takes an action research and case study approach.
Focus on four case studies:
CiVi.net has chosen four case study regions in Brazil and Costa Rica where successful solutions have been worked out:
- Marujà (Sao Paulo State), Brazil
- Bananal Island (Tocantins State), Brazil
- Encostas da Serra Geral (Santa Catarina State), Brazil
- Osa region, Costa Rica
The project will analyse the four case studies with respect to the following questions:
- What kinds of management instruments are used to solve environmental problems and how effective are they?
- What kinds of original rules and institutional arrangements are implemented and which economic governance models have been established?
- What crucial aspects must be considered when transferring these solutions to other communities that face similar problems?
- What is the capacity of CSOs and their networks for contributing to finding, implementing and transferring such solutions?
Based on the findings, CiVi.net wants to facilitate the transfer of successful solutions to at least one other community for each selected case study region confronted with similar environmental challenges. To do so, CiVi.net will develop an ex-ante assessment approach to test the transferability of institutional solutions and of successful governance models. One of the final outputs will be a manual to assist practitioners and scientists on how to design and manage the knowledge transfer. CiVi.net will put much emphasis on the dissemination of the produced knowledge. Thus, another of its final outputs will be an innovative web-based data portal for providing and trading knowledge.
The role of IDC:
IDC will mainly be involved in the analysis of the governance models that have emerged in the four case studies and the role hereby played by CSOs and their networks. This will reflect upon:
- how these governance models were implemented to ensure sustainable management of resources and a fair distribution of resources to involved parties;
- how to set these rules and norms and governance models in the specific regional context, i.e. the socio-economic and political, but also the bio-physical conditions;
- what kind of role (e.g. as an initiator, facilitator, mediator, or knowledge broker) CSOs played in the development of the solutions strategies.
Time Frame: 10/2011 - 09/2014
- Partner 1: ZALF e.V., Germany (Coordinator)
- Partner 2: Ecologica Institute, Brazil
- Partner 3: ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- Partner 4: Foundation for Sustainable Development, The Netherlands
- Partner 5: IDC, Austria
- Partner 6: Fundacion Neotropica, Costa Rica
- Partner 7: FUNDAG Foudation of Agricultural Research Support, Brazil
Funded by the European Commission’s 7th framework programme - ENV