Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO – University of Copenhagen

Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO

Austere conservation: understanding conflicts over resource governance in Tanzanian Wildlife Management Areas

(abstract) We explore how the regime of rules over access to land, natural, and financial resources reflects the degree of community ownership of a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Tanzania. Being discursively associated with participatory and decentralised approaches to natural resource management, WMA policies have the ambition to promote the empowerment of communities to decide over rules that govern access to land and resources. Our purpose is to empirically examine the spaces for popular participation in decision-making over rules of management created by WMA policies: that is, in what sense of the word are WMAs actually community-based? more >>

Failure by design? Revisiting Tanzania's flagship wildlife management area Burunge

(abstract) In this paper, we revisit the on-the-ground reality of Burunge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) that is celebrated as one of Tanzania's best examples of community-based conservation (CBC). We find Burunge WMA rife with conflict and contestation over grievances that remained unsettled since its establishment a decade ago. These grievances have been accentuated by growing land pressure resulting from increasing human, livestock, and elephant populations, in combination with infrastructure improvements and support for agriculture-led development. The WMA governance regime has little to offer the residents and village leaders of Burunge member villages who appear hostages in a situation where interests in human development and conservation are pitted against each other, making a mockery of the notions of CBC. more >>

Danish scientists know about 3R

The 3R concept is an international effort to reduce the number of animals used in experiments, and to give the animals used the best possible conditions. An IFRO study assesses the knowledge of 3R among Danish researchers involved with animal experiments to be good.
Read more about the 3R study >>

Artificial evolution

A new study from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and University of Queensland presents examples of how humans not only contribute to the extinction of species but also drive evolution, and in some cases the emergence of entirely new species. The study was published in Proceedings of Royal Society B. Postdoc Joseph Bull from Department of Food and Resource Economics is the lead author. Humans artificially drive evolution of new species >>

Tax on unhealthy fats

In a recent article in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the Department of Food and Resource Economics together with colleagues from Oxford show that the Danish saturated fat tax did have a positive impact on the nation’s health, despite what has been said by its critics. Go to the University of Oxford to read more >>