Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares (PhD in Environmental Sciences, 2015, Autonomous University of Barcelona) is an ethnoecologist interested in biocultural approaches to conservation. Most of his research deals with the relations between biological and cultural diversity, and the role that Indigenous Peoples play in biodiversity conservation and global sustainability.
He has done a wide range of ethnographic fieldwork amongst Indigenous Peoples and other local communities across much of the Global South, working in countries such as Bolivia, Costa Rica, Kenya and Madagascar. Through his research, Álvaro strives to connect global policy discourses around environmental issues with the on-the-ground realities of Indigenous Peoples.
His current post-doctoral project, funded by the Academy of Finland, looks at the effectiveness of Indigenous Peoples’ lands in buffering against biodiversity loss across the whole Amazon Basin. He is also involved in the work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
- Biocultural conservation
- Indigenous and Local Knowledge
- Social-ecological systems