Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy

Specialist Group on Local Economies, Communities and Nature

The Specialist Group on Local Economies, Communities and Nature focuses on how economic approaches can be used to explore the relationship between small-scale primary producers and nature, to help inform strategies for increasing social and economic wellbeing and sustainable rural development.


The initial focus of Specialist Group would be rural communities, including indigenous communities, and small island states and territories, operating at the subsistence/ household and hybrid economy scale.

Such communities may be in developing countries (e.g. Bribri communities in Costa Rica) and in developed countries (e.g. Aboriginal communities in Northern Australia).  

The above topics primarily relate to the disciplines of agricultural economics, economic anthropology and sustainable agricultural/ rural development.

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