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CREAF Talk with Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares - "Global efforts to characterize biodiversity patterns in Indigenous Peoples' lands"

Thursday, February 29, 2024

TITLE: "Global efforts to characterize biodiversity patterns in Indigenous Peoples' lands"

DATE: Thursday, 29th February 2024.

TIME & FORMAT: form 12 to 1pm CET - In-person and online.

Seminars will combine in-person and online formats (CREAF, Sala Graus II, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) but in all cases, talks will be always streamed (not recorded), so they can be followed online.

HOW TO CONNECT: direct link to Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares's conference.


Ethnobiological scholarship has provided rich contextual evidence of the myriad ways in which Indigenous Peoples’ long-term connections with their lands are essential for sustaining biodiversity in different local contexts. However, our discipline is still finding ways to promote effectively the scalability of place-based ethnobiological evidence in order to unveil global trends and patterns in more systematic ways. In this talk, I will present how the use of geospatial analysis is gaining momentum as an important tool to characterize, both quantitatively and qualitatively, biodiversity patterns in Indigenous lands at the global scale. I will give an overview of current efforts to map the global extent of Indigenous Peoples’ lands and their biocultural attributes. I will also show how these advances, based on the best available geospatial evidence, are being employed to inform policy debates around the role of Indigenous Peoples in global biodiversity maintenance, and to support Indigenous Peoples’ advocacy in international environmental negotiations. I will conclude by highlighting how the use of such methods can contribute to expand global scientific knowledge of the factors, pathways and mechanisms associated with Indigenous Peoples’ stewardship practices, and bring ethnobiological knowledge into resolutions that can influence global environmental policy agendas.


Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares (PhD in Environmental Science and Technology, UAB, 2015) is an ethnobiologist with an established research trajectory on the study of Indigenous Peoples' land-based stewardship systems. He is currently a Ramón y Cajal research fellow based the Botany Unit of the Department of Animal Biology, Plant Biology and Ecology (BABVE) and at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB). He has seven years of post-doctoral experience at the University of Helsinki (Finland), and more than 30 months of in-depth ethnographic field-based engagement with different Indigenous communities in the Global South. He has recently received an ERC Starting Grant to examine changes in the ethnobotanical knowledge systems of Amazonian Indigenous communities.

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