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Tropical Forests and People Research Centre


The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre brings together researchers interested in the interactions between people and tropical forests. The Centre is based around multidisciplinary projects and a desire of members to work collaboratively with others in the Centre. The focus of our research is on community and smallholder forestry; which are ‘people focused’ systems in which individuals and communities create and manage forests for a mix of economic, social and environmental reasons.

The geographic focus of the Centre is the management of forests in tropical and subtropical regions, mostly in the Asia–Pacific region. These forest areas are critical for livelihoods of many millions of people, as well as providing critical environmental goods and services such as water, carbon storage and biodiversity.

The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre complements the Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) which is concerned with issues associated with large-scale plantation estates which are owned by corporations and governments and for which there are quite distinct differences in management and owner motivations.

Professor John Herbohn

Forests for the future — 2016 seminar series

Forestry and forest management research for industry, people and communities

The Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) and the Tropical Forests and People (TFAP) Research Centre are proud to present the Forests for the Future research seminar series in 2016 aimed at sharing current research activity within the centres with the broader USC and Sunshine Coast community. Each month researchers from FIRC and TFPCC will present their current research being conducted in partnership with industry and communities around Australia and across the globe. Emphasis will be placed on innovative approaches to field research in actively managed forests with industry and communities and the impacts that research is having on practice and policy.

For further information about upcoming seminars in 2016 contact Michelle Tapp on Tel: +61 7 5456 6977 or Kelisha Lyndon on Tel: +61 7 5456 5752 or email

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