Research domain retreat, Managing trade-offs between conservation and development at the landscape scale
Bogor, Indonesia, 4 May 2010
Seminar presented by Chris Sandbrook, ‘Linking conservation and poverty reduction: Experiences from African great ape conservation’
CIFOR campus, Bogor, Indonesia,10 June 2010, 11:00am–12:00 noon
Chris received a doctorate in anthropology from the Institute of Zoology at University College London in 2007. He is working with the International Institute for Environment and Development, scoping research into the links between great ape conservation and poverty alleviation in Africa for their Poverty and Conservation Learning Group.
The seminar is part of Domain 4, 'Managing trade-offs between conservation and development at the landscape scale'.
Some examples are available where the STELLA modelling language was used to build scenarios addressing tradeoffs between conservation and development.
- Exploring the impact of gold mining in Southwest Ghana
In South-West Ghana, population pressure is very high and cocoa is the main cash crop. The landscape is a mosaic structure of some natural forest patches (mainly in the productive and non-productive forest reserves) surrounded by cocoa plantations often mixed with secondary forest and some fallow land. The most likely future scenario of change for this landscape would be the opening of a gold mine in the district (as there is in a neighbouring district). A model was build assuming a gold mine boom to occur in 9 years from now and its impact on forest cover and household income was simulated.
- Exploring the impact of better governance in South-East Cameroon
South-East Cameroon is a forest rich region with a relatively low population density. Timber extraction is the main economic activity and a 1994 decentralization law decides a share of the forest royalties paid to the government should flow back to the region for development. However, governance issues at the commune level made that the lump sum of this money didn’t reach the poor rural population. A model was built with local NGO’s for the South-East Cameroon landscape showing what could happen if good governance was adapted by the communes.