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Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Position: Senior Research Scientist
Phone: +41 31 631 88 22
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BioAndes; Environmental Mandate (PLI); NCCR N-S; formerly ESAPP

Areas of professional focus at CDE:
Interdisciplinary research (ethnoecology and ethnobotany); integrated and participatory tools for sustainable natural resource management and sustainable development (LforS, PLI, SDA); programme management and coordination (partnerships with developping countries); capacity building (at community, technical, and university levels). Themes: biocultural diversity, indigenous environmental knowledge, social learning processes, endogenous development, transdisciplinarity.
Further professional interests:
Executive Director of A Rocha Peru ( since May 2010.
Field experience:
Eastern and Southern Africa (focus on Madagascar and Mozambique); Central and South America (focus on the Andean countries: PerĂº, Bolivia, Ecuador).
Network affiliations:
Member of the Board of the International Society of Ethnobiology ( Regional Representative for Central and South Americas and the Caribbean, 2010-2012. Reviewer for LA Revista, journal of the Swiss Society of Americanists ( Research Associate of ETC Andes, Lima, Peru ( Member of the Latin-American Society of Ethnobiology (
Languages: French; English; Portuguese; Spanish; German (basic knowledge)

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