Dr. Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Senior Research Scientist | Associate Editor, MRD

Sustainability Governance Cluster

+51 1 256 17 33
Phone 2
+51 992 84 54 97
Postal Address
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Jr. Melgar 282
Lima 04

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Transdisciplinary research for sustainable natural resource management and sustainable development
  • Programme management and coordination (research partnerships with developing countries)
  • Capacity development (at community, technical, and university levels)
  • Thematic foci: local knowledge, ethnoecology, ethnomedicine, biocultural diversity, local innovations, social learning, agroforestry, gender, climate change adaptation


  • Sustainable governance in action
  • Mountain Research and Development

Further professional interests

Field experience

10 years in Latin America (focus on the Andean countries: Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador); 5 years in Eastern and Southern Africa (focus on Madagascar and Mozambique)


French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, German (basic knowledge)


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Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2015). Narratives of change and visions for the future among smallholders in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes (Unpublished). In: Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth. Perth, Scotland. 04.10.-08.10.2015.

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2015). Tapping into local knowledge for climate change adaptation: A methodological contribution from agroforestry research in the Peruvian Andes (Unpublished). In: Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth. Perth, Scotland. 04.10.-08.10.2015.

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2015). Gendered perceptions and valuation of natural resources in Andean landscapes: A methodological contribution from agroforestry research (Unpublished). In: Land System Science in Latin America: Achievements and perspectives. São José dos Campos, Brazil. 09.-11.11.2015.

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Rist, Stephan (2015). Ciencias de la sostenibilidad y sistemas socio-ecológicos: Un marco conceptual para la investigación sobre bosques andinos (Unpublished). In: Retos de Investigación para la Conservación y Manejo Sostenible de los Bosques Andinos. Lima, Peru. 14.10.2015.


Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (May 2014). Andean communities in the face of global change: vulnerability and resilience of local medicinal knowledge. In: Resilience and Transformation, Mobilizing for Transformation. Montpellier, France. 04.-08.05.2014.

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (May 2014). Local environmental knowledge: a key input for the sustainable development of Andean mountain communities (Unpublished). In: World Mountain Forum. Cusco, Peru. 22.05.-24.05.2014.

Mathez-Stiefel, Sara-Lan (2014). Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Collaborative Action for Soil Conservation: Examples from the Andean Countries (Unpublished). In: HNGR Symposium: From the Ground Up: Social Movements and Soil Improvement. Chicago, USA. 27.02.-28.02.2014.

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Murti, Radhika (2014). Promoting Local Innovations: A tool for adaptation to climate change and sustainable development in Mountains (Unpublished). In: World Mountain Forum. Cusco, Peru. 22.05.-24.05.2014.


Brandt, Regine; Mathez, Sara Lan; Lachmuth, Susanne; Hensen, Isabell; Rist, Stephan (2013). Knowledge and valuation of Andean agroforestry species: the role of sex, age, and migration among members of a rural community in Bolivia. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 9(1), p. 83. Biomed Central 10.1186/1746-4269-9-83

Mathez, Sara Lan; Rist, Stephan; Delgado Burgoa, Freddy (2013). Saberes locales: un aporte clave para el desarrollo sustentable de la región andina (Evidence for Policy, Edición Regional de Sudamérica 6). La Paz: NCCR North-South

Boillat, Sébastien; Mathez, Sara Lan; Rist, Stephan (2013). Linking local knowledge, conservation practices and ecosystem diversity: comparing two communities in the Tunari National Park (Bolivia). Ethnobiology and Conservation, 2(8), pp. 1-28. Universidade Estadual da Paraiba * Editora (EDUEP)


Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Vandebroek, Ina (2012). Distribution and Transmission of Medicinal Plant Knowledge in the Andean Highlands: A Case Study from Peru and Bolivia. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine eCAM, 2012, pp. 1-18. New York, N.Y.: Hindawi 10.1155/2012/959285

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2012). Dialogue between local and global knowledge systems: A means of facing two conceptual risks of biocultural diversity. In: International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD). Research for Global Transformation. Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Brandt, Regine; Lachmuth, Susanne; Rist, Stephan (2012). Are the young less knowledgeable? Local knowledge of natural remedies and its transformations in the Andean Highlands. Human ecology, 40(6), pp. 909-930. New-York, NY: Springer 10.1007/s10745-012-9520-5

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Vandebroek, Ina; Rist, Stephan (2012). Can Andean medicine coexist with biomedical healthcare? A comparison of two rural communities in Peru and Bolivia. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, 8(1), p. 26. London: Biomed Central 10.1186/1746-4269-8-26


Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Gianella, Malca Cecilia; Rist, Stephan (2011). Abriendo nuevas perspectivas para la juventud campesina de los Andes a través de la valorización de los productos de la agrobiodiversidad. Leisa - revista de agroecología, 27(1), pp. 34-38. Lima: ETC Andes


Mathez, Sara Lan; Vandebroek, Ina (November 2010). Distribución social de los conocimientos de medicina tradicional en los Andes: Estudios de caso de Perú y Bolivia (Unpublished). In: II Congreso Latinoamericano de Etnobiologia (CLE II) and VIII Simpósio Brasileiro de Etnobiologia e Etnoecologia (VIII SBEE). Recife, Brasilien. 08.11.-12.11.2010.

Boillat, Sébastien; Alca, Castillo Jamil; Álvarez, Alex; Bottazzi, Patrick; Ponce Camacho, Dora; Serrano, Elvira; Biffi, Valeria; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Larsen, Peter Bille; Rist, Stephan (2010). Protected Areas and Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia and Peru: Dilemmas, Conflicts, and Ways Out. In: Hurni, Hans; Wiesmann, Urs (eds.) Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships. Perspectives / NCCR North-South: Vol. 5 (pp. 501-515). Bern, Schweiz: Geographica Bernensia

Mariscal, Juan Carlos; Mathez, Sara Lan (2010). Fortaleciéndo la soberanía alimentaria mediante la revalorización de saberes ecológicos locales: experiencia en los Andes bolivianos. Etnobiología, 8, pp. 75-89. Asociación Etnobiológica Mexicana A.C.

Mariscal, Juan Carlos; Mathez, Sara Lan; Rist, Stephan; Delgado, Freddy (2010). Enhancing Food Sovereignty and Food Security through the Revitalization of Indigenous Knowledge: Experiences from the Bolivian Andes (Unpublished). In: XII International Congress of Ethnobiology (ICE 2010). Tofino, Canada. 09.05.-14.05.2010.


Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2009). Transformation of local medicinal knowledge in the Andean Highlands: Case studies from Peru and Bolivia (Unpublished). In: V International Congress of Ethnobotany (ICEB). San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. 21.09.-24.09.2009.

Mathez, Sara Lan; Gianella Malca, Cecilia; Rist, Stephan (2009). Valorization of agrobiodiversity products and strengthening of local identities in the Peruvian Andes: Experiences from the BioAndes Programme (Unpublished). In: Localizing products: A sustainable approach for natural and cultural diversity in the South? International Symposium. Paris, France. 09.06.-11.06.2009.

Rist, Stephan; Rist, Stephan; Mathez, Sara Lan; Bachmann, Felicitas (2009). Promoting local innovation - a tool for sustainable rural development. In: Hoffmann, Volker; Christinck, Anja; Lemma, Manusha (eds.) Handbook: Rural Extension. Examples and Background Material, vol. 2 (pp. 354-365). Weikersheim: Margraf Publishers


Brandt, Regine; Mathez, Sara Lan; Hensen, Isabel; Rist, Stephan (2008). Dynamics of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Local Use and Conservation of Native Trees and Shrubs in the Bolivian Andes. In: Tielkes, Eric (ed.) Tropentag 2008: International Conference on Research for Development in Agriculture and Forestry, Food and Natural Resource Management. Competition for Resources in a Changing World: New Drive for Rural Development: Book of Abstracts. Göttingen, Germany: Cuvillier

Mathez, Sara Lan (2008). Integración de la Medicina Tradicional y del Sistema de Salud Formal en las Estrategias Familiares Andinas (Unpublished). In: International Congress of Ethnobiology (ICE 2008). Cusco, Peru. 25.06.-30.06.2008.

Mathez, Sara Lan; Rist, Stephan (2008). Diversidad biocultural y de zonas bioculturales. Biodiversidad y Cultura en los Andes, 1, pp. 20-24. Agruco


Mathez, Sara Lan; Boillat, Sébastien; Rist, Stephan (2007). Promoting the Diversity of Worldviews. In: Haverkort, Bertus; Rist, Stephan (eds.) Endogenous Development and Bio-cultural Diversity (pp. 67-81). Leusden, Netherlands: Compas/ETC

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Rist, Stephan (2007). Maintaining Bio-Cultural Diversity in the Andes. Mountain Forum Bulletin, 7(1), pp. 13-15.

Roth, Andrea; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2007). Informe del Taller AIL : Apoyando Innovaciones Locales, Santa María de Cahuapanas, Provincia Datem del Marañón, Perú – 20 al 25 de mayo de 2007 Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE); Terra Nuova


Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Couto, Madyo (2006). Linking Applied Ethnobotany to Social Learning: A Participatory Tool for the Promotion of Indigenous Plants Use in Matutuíne, Southern Mozambique (Unpublished). In: Ertug, Fusun Z. (ed.) IV International Congress of Ethnobotany (ICEB). Istanbul, Turkey. 21.08.-26.08.2006.


Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2005). Développement de l'écotourisme dans la région du Triangle Bleu, Littoral Nord-Est de Madagascar: Collecte de données auprès de voyagistes en Suisse (Unpublished) Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2005). Mission report: Participation to the IVth International Congress of Ethnobotany, 21 - 26. August 2005 - Istanbul, Turkey (Unpublished) Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)


Brüschweiler, Sabine; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2004). Seminário ALS: Formação autodidacta sobre a gestão sustentável dos recursos naturais: Relatório metodológico (Unpublished) Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Kläy, Andreas; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2004). ESAPP Mission to Mozambique Report Summary (E206), 3 to 15 March 2004 (Unpublished) Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2004). E306 ESAPP Project Report 2004 (Unpublished) Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2004). E503 ESAPP Project Report 2004 (Unpublished) Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Brüschweiler, Sabine (2004). Relatório de missão ESAPP a Moçambique: Seminário ALS em Meluco (projecto E502) e seguimento do Estabelecimento do Programa (projecto E206): 16 de julho a 11 de agosto de 2004 (Unpublished) Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Giger, Markus; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan (2004). Analyses stratégiques autour d'enjeux régionaux dans la Grappe des Lacs d'Itasy: SDA-Ausbildung in Madagaskar (Unpublished). In: Forum für Entwicklung und Umwelt. Bern, Switzerland.

  • Member of the Board of the International Society of Ethnobiology: 2010-2014.
  • Member, Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) (http://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/ceesp/), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Member of the Latin-American Society of Ethnobiology (www.solaetnobiologia.org).
  • Research Associate of ETC Andes, Lima, Peru (www.etcandes.com.pe)
  • Reviewer for: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, Regional Environmental Change, Human Ecology, Journal of Development Studies, Mountain Research and Development, LA Revista