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