Models for Engaging Communities in Forest Landscape Restoration in Asia and the Pacific
Forest and land degradation are critical global issues, especially in developing countries where many people rely on forests for their livelihoods. The degradation of these areas results in biodiversity loss and ecosystem changes that have negative impacts on local livelihoods. The solution to this complex problem is not as simple as growing trees to replace forests loss. New approaches are needed to handle both aspects of restoration and sustainable livelihoods. Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) has been identified as an approach to address these needs.
To accomplish FLR, involvement is needed by all key stakeholders, particularly the community. Engagement with the community helps us understand the complexity of the problem and is essential in exploring solutions. Community members depend on forests and agriculture for their livelihoods and are vulnerable to forest and land degradation. This study aims to critically review and determine proper practices for effective community engagement models for FLR. This study will explore the role stakeholders play within targeted landscape contexts, in order to understand local decision making and the motivation to engage. It is hoped that the research will provide evidenced base practice in how and when to use FLR to improve local livelihoods, and approaches to community engagement.
This project takes a qualitative research approach with a utilisation of descriptive and correlational studies. Case studies from two to three countries in Asia and the Pacific will provide empirical data to build a better understanding of practical contexts in forest landscapes. Case studies in the Philippines and Papau New Guinea have been identified for this project. In addition, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools and methods will be applied for field data collection and in collecting the data for the analysis of the community engagement models development.
- A set of factors to motivate the engagement of communities in restoring landscape
- A framework of how FLR could work to achieve livelihood improvement
- Designing potential community engagement models for FLR programs for livelihood enhancement
- A set of recommendations of key interventions and factors to effectively engage communities for FLR programs
This project is complementary to the funded research projects of Tropical Forest and People Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast.
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Receive funding from the University of the Sunshine Coast Research Scholarship (USCRS) and a Forest and Landscape Restoration in SE Asia PhD Scholarship
Amount: $167,304 (3 years)