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February 2018

The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre have been fortunate to have Professor Jeff McDonnell from the Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan, Canada visit with the group between December 2017 to March 2018. Jeff is one of the world's leading hydrology researchers and the group are delighted to work with Jeff in sound boarding ideas and seeking his advice and expertise on a range of projects. Jeff is escaping the Saskatoon winter to work with our researchers and he will also provide a public seminar in February and will also hold a series of career strategy workshops for early career researchers in the Centre and across the University. Jeff will also visit our forestry collaborators at University of Queensland, University of Tasmania, University of Melbourne and ANU during his stay.

Jeff also joins the group as an Adjunct staff member and we look forward to future visits from Jeff and continuing our collaboration with him.

January 2018

Forest gumption: How scientists are tapping everything from drones to pruning shears to stem global warming

Associate Professor Andrew Marshall has been in Tanzania for a few months collecting data for his research with University of York and USC.

The CS Monitor writes "One method of stemming greenhouse gases – by pruning excessive undergrowth that prevents forests from flourishing — is one of a slew of quixotic ideas being worked on by scientists and researchers around the world to help solve what could be the dominant issue of the next 100 years."

For further information about Andrew's travels and research read this article published by CS Monitor


Associate Professor Andrew Marshall
Tel: +61 7 5456 5281

December 2017

In Nepal over two-thirds of the population depend on forests and agriculture for their livelihoods 

One of our research students Bhawana KC is exploring how her research can improve the livelihoods of the Nepalese community in the middle hills region. Bhawana is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) under the supervision of A/Professor Digby Race (Principal Supervisor) and Dr Bob Fisher (Co-Supervisor)

Contact for further information

Bhawana KC via email

We congratulate Bhawana in achieving her first significant milestone in her PhD - Confirmation. Congratulations 

We need to understand the complex issues related to how migration from rural areas in Nepal are affecting:

  • rural livelihoods?
  • land use decisions?
  • governance of local institutions?
  • different genders in the rural communities?
  • resources being used and how is this changing?  What resource patterns are emerging?
  • the structure of society? Who is left behind?  What are the changes?

Context of migration in Nepal

  • One in every four households (25 percent; 1.38 million homes) has a person absent
  • Of these absent people, 45 percent are aged between 15 to 24 years old
  • 85 percent of migrants (those absent from households) are from rural families
  • Nepal has the highest remittance* receiving country among low income countries, fifth among countries in South Asia (AUD $8.3 billion in 2015)
  • Nepal has third highest proportion of remittance* to GDP worldwide and highest among low income countries and South Asia (30 percent in 2014)

Remittance* definition:  A remittance is a transfer of money by a foreign worker to an individual in his or her home country. Money sent home by migrants competes with international aid as one of the largest financial inflows to developing countries.

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