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Assessing the Role of Forests and Landscapes in relation to Climate Change, Agricultural Production and Livelihoods

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New research at the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) will investigate the social and environmental performance of a suite of interventions aimed at reversing trends in forest loss. The climate change agreement brokered at COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, and signed by over 200 nations, attests to the global interests in environmental change. Translating these political pledges and policies into forest and landscape management that provides environmental and social benefits poses significant challenges. Crucially, the research team will quantify and describe performance across a typology of environment-related interventions – from those that aim to conserve forests via regulation, to those that focus on agricultural intensification and will include interventions that combine these objectives. The research will test the emerging idea that conservation objectives are likely to be met when interventions explicitly recognise the need to link forest protection with efforts to improve farm-based production, so that people’s needs are met alongside a slowdown in deforestation. The group will measure impact related to agricultural production, forest conservation and carbon, and to livelihoods – including (locally defined) human well-being, relational values as well as welfare.

The research will be pan-tropical and is firmly interdisciplinary - bringing together expertize across the departments of Geography, Plant Sciences and Zoology, using different scales of analysis and a diverse set of methods. 

For more information on the different components of the project, click on the links below.

Measuring the impact of conservation and development interventions on human well-being and relational values: comparative assessment at the forest agricultural nexus. Led by Rachel Carmenta.

Forest conservation in the agricultural frontier: a pan-tropical comparative assessment of intervention performance. Led by Alejandro Guizar Coutiño and Professor David Coomes.

 

Project Overview

Type: Funded

Theme: Conservation across protected and productive landscapes and Biodiversity in the Future Earth

Start date: August 21st 2017

Duration: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

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