Third Annual FLARE Network Meeting

29 Sep - 02 Oct 2017, Stockholm University

The FLARE (Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) network, supported by DFID and coordinated from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for our 3rd annual meeting. Previous meetings (Paris 2015 and Edinburgh 2016) emerged as a unique space for presentations and discussions about forests and livelihoods. They created new relationships and collaborations, especially for younger researchers.

This year’s meeting is being organized in partnership with Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI), Forest, Climate and Livelihoods Research Network (FOCALI), and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). It will continue to advance discussion and collaboration around the forest-livelihood relationship, with special attention to three core themes: 1. Forests, Livelihoods, and the SDGs; 2. Small and Medium Forest Enterprises and Livelihoods; and 3. Policy Ethics for Forests and Livelihoods. We will also build in themes from prior FLARE meetings. As with previous meetings, we will develop one to two special issues using accepted abstracts and submitted meeting papers. We welcome participant engagement in proposal development. The meeting will also feature workshops on “Writing research proposals,” “Sharing research for impact,” and on the Livelihoods and Wellbeing app (LivWell) being developed by FLARE. Abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panel sessions, posters, and additional workshops must address a meeting theme and follow the abstract guidelines.

Dr. Peter Holmgren, Director-General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), will give a keynote presentation at the meeting.



    Showcased in U3 area of Geo-House throughout Saturday and Sunday, presented during lunch on Saturday (12:00-12:30):Migration, remittances and forest dependence in Ethiopia: findings from an on-going study (Habtemariam Kassa, CIFOR)
  • 10:15–11:15
    Session 3: Forest contributions to livelihoods and well-being #1 
    Venue: NORDENSK JOL D- Geo-House, U Building:

    1. Contribution of forests to diets across five sites in sub-Saharan Africa (Amy Ickowitz, CIFOR)
    2. Linking migration, forest and gender: exploring the role of mobility in understanding shifts in the use of food tree resources in Burkina Faso (Houria Djoudi, CIFOR)
  • 12:30–13:45
    Session 8: Future of forest work: culture, work, outmigration
    Venue: NORDENSK JOL D – Geo-House, U Building

    1. The importance, determinants and implications of smallholder plantations expansion in eastern African highlands: a case study from Mecha district of western Ethiopia (Habtemariam Kassa, CIFOR)


  • 8:30–9:30
    Session 18: SMFE’s
    Venue: DE GEER – Geo House, Y Building

    1. Between the hammer and the anvil: socio-economic and environmental trade-offs for individual and small forest enterprises in Zambia (Paolo Omar Cerutti, CIFOR)
  • 10:00–11:15
    Session 21: Ethics and approaches in conservation and development
    Venue: AHLMAN – Geo-House, U Building

    1. The lessons never learned? Development and peatlands in Borneo (Robert Nasi, CIFOR)
  • 12:30–13:45
    Session 24: Assessing the impacts of REDD+
    Venue:  HOGBOM – Geo-House, U Building

    1. Evaluating the impacts of different types of REDD+ interventions on forests and people (Amy Duchelle, CIFOR)
    2. The messiness of governance: technical and political solutions under REDD+ (Rodd Myers, CIFOR/University of East Anglia)
    3. Gender lessons for climate initiatives: a comparative study of REDD+ impacts on subjective wellbeing (Anne Larson, CIFOR)
  • 12:30–13:45
    Session 28: Including local people in landscape restoration policies: insights from Peru, Bolivia and Brazil
    Venue: WILLIAM OLSEN – Geo-House, Y Building

    1. Forest policy reform in Peru to enhance smallholder participation in landscape restoration (Peter Cronkleton, CIFOR)
  • 14:15-15:30
    Session 30: Lightning talks #2
    Venue: AHLMAN – Geo-House, U Building

    1. Bridging finance gaps for climate and development: pitfalls, progress and potential (James Reed, CIFOR)
  • 15:45-16:30
    Keynote Plenary Speaker
    Venue: Aula Magna K
    Peter Holmgren (Director General, CIFOR)