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PASANOA - Added value of the international cooperation


The proposed project aims to establish international scientific collaboration to improve interdisciplinary competencies. Such integrative collaborative efforts of scholars from the natural and social sciences rarely takes shape in the international research arena and would be unique in the context of the Chaco. The bilateral German-Argentine project team, bringing together internationally recognized experts in land system science, agro-ecology, conservation biology, and geomatics, will be further strengthened by ongoing individual collaborations with world-class international scholars of the team, including Prof. Peter Verburg (Free University Amsterdam), Dr. Benjamin Phalan (University of Cambridge), Prof. Eric Lambin (Stanford University) and Profs. Helmut Haberl and Karlheinz Erb (Institute for Social-Ecology, Vienna). Together, this will generate novel insights about the characteristics of sustainable land management systems. This would not be possible for either partner or national consortium alone.

The proposed collaborative project will further support the integration of Argentine partners into the international science arena and will provide unique opportunities for the German consortium to form new and deepen existing long-term, large-scale research partnerships in Latin America. PASANOA will thus substantially contribute to the establishment of international collaborative network and address the core goals of the Internationalization Strategy of the German government.

We will make use of this collaboration to enrich training and teaching activities in order to improve educational activities and research competences. We will support research visits of promising young scholars from Argentina to German partner institutions and vice versa. We will further seek to use the project funding to hire and supervise at least one Argentine student to complete a doctoral dissertation at Humboldt-University Berlin during the project lifetime. The mutual exchange of young scholars is expected to contribute to the long-lasting strategic goals and visions outlined in the National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030.