The strong relationship between biodiversity and the human society gets especially obvious when working on biodiversity in the tropics. Biodiversity research can then be used as an effective tool for capacity building and thus might help to fight against poverty. However, biodiversity conservation cannot be realized without integrating the human society and aspects like food security. And finally, biodiversity research can help to develop societies, but also can be miss-used and reduced to money-transfer. In the same time, conservation research mostly lacks by the translation from theoretical science into practical management. Matters related to biodiversity and human society are highly complex and challenging but they are nonetheless among the most interesting as far as biodiversity research is concerned. Potential conflicts between human livelihood needs and nature conservation are currently elaborated in the framework of the Biodiversity Network Kenya.
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Habel JC, Weisser WW, Eggermont H, Lens L (2013) Food security versus biodiversity protection: an example of land-sharing from East Africa. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 1553-1555.
Habel JC, Eggermont H, Günter S, Mulwa RK, Rieckmann M, Koh LP, Niassy S, Ferguson WH, Gebremichael G, Githiru M, Weisser WW, Lens L (2014) Towards more equal footing in north-south biodiversity research: European and sub-Saharan viewpoints. Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 3143-3148.