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Our Tropical Forests and People Research Centre have developed an international track record for research on community and smallholder forestry in the tropics and a growing expertise in: understanding and managing secondary tropical forests; Fraser Island forest dynamics and Indigenous forestry. We respond to the challenges in these areas through an interdisciplinary and integrated programme of understanding processes of change; understanding forestry problems; developing evidence based policy; exploring forestry systems; and influencing change through education and partnership.

Our research approach
  • Integrated social-economic-biophysical-policy research (inter/trans disciplinary approaches)
  • Most work is within a ‘systems’ framework using various soft and hard systems approaches in research planning, implementation and policy development and advocacy
Project name Contact
16 years of research in the Philippines... and still going Professor John Herobhn, jherbohn@usc.edu.au and Dr Nestor Gregorio, ngregori@usc.edu.au
Enhancing returns from High-value Agroforestry Species in Vanuatu Dr Tony Page, tpage@usc.edu.au
Understanding the Importance of Lianas for Forest Health and Management Associate Professor Andy Marshall, amarsha1@usc.edu.au
Improvement and Management of Teak and Sandalwood in Papua New Guinea and Australia  Dr Tony Page, tpage@usc.edu.au
Understanding and Managing Secondary Tropical Forests  Professor John Herbohn, jherbohn@usc.edu.au
Fraser Island Forest Dynamics  Associate Professor Grahame Applegate, gapples@usc.edu.au
Indigenous Forestry   Mark Annandale, mannanda@usc.edu.au
Enhancing community-based commercial forestry in Indonesia Associate Professor Digby Race, drace@usc.edu.au
Models for Engaging Communities in Forest Landscape Restoration in Asia Kanchana Wiset, kanchana.wiset@research.usc.edu.au
Reforestation and Livelihoods: Socioeconomic and Financial Outcomes of Smallholder Reforestation in the Tropics Liz Ota, lota@usc.edu.au
Implication of Migration on the Livelihoods and Community Forest in the Middle Hills Region of Nepal Bhawana KC, bhawana.kc@research.usc.edu.au
Assessing the Potential of Enrichment Plantings in North Queensland, Australia to Increase Timber Production within Tropical Forests and the Implication for Forest Management and Restoration Minh Quang Phan, m_p107@student.usc.edu.au
Strategies for the Scaling-up Eco-forestry Operations in Papua New Guinea Micah Scudder, mscudder@usc.edu.au
Are biodiversity provisions outlined in Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) being attained? A case study from the Philippines. Kurt Von Kleist, kvonklei@usc.edu.au

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Project Funding body
Improving watershed rehabilitation in the Philippines Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), A$2.2M over 7 years 2012-2017
Enhancing the implementation of the community forestry approaches in PNG Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), A$2.3M over 6 years 2013-2017
Improving Outcomes from Reforestation in the Philippines Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Scaling up Community Forestry in PNG Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

 

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