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

by Alison Harvey last modified Feb 02, 2017 09:28 PM

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and PhD Studentship:  University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and Wolfson College 

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

The Paris climate change agreement provides a global context for concerted action to reverse trends in tropical forest loss. Coupled with the Bonn Challenge, the New York Declaration and bilateral donor support, there are now significant pledges on forest and landscape management which promise environmental and social benefits, but significant challenges remain. Many interventions aimed at lowering forest loss focus on the forests themselves – seeking to prevent conversion via regulation (by declaring protected areas, for example) or providing financial incentives for forest retention (as in the UN’s REDD+ initiative). In contrast, livelihood-focused conservation interventions – alongside many general development activities – often target agricultural production and the wellbeing of rural communities. Recent proposals have focused on the need to more explicitly link forest protection with efforts to improve farm yields (production per unit area), so that people’s needs are met alongside a slowdown in deforestation. This project will quantify and describe the performance of these contrasting approaches, and specifically test the emerging idea that if they are to be effective and socially equitable, efforts to safeguard (or restore) tropical forests must be linked to compensatory increases in agricultural outputs outside of forests. This three year interdisciplinary research project is based at the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, and is funded by the Frank Jackson Foundation and Wolfson College. The project is led by Professor Andrew Balmford, Professor David Coomes and Dr Bhaskar Vira.

Applications are now invited for two linked posts.  Please click on the links below for application details and further particulars:

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: closing date, 6 March 2017

PhD studentship: closing date, 10 February 2017

Interdisciplinary Conservation 

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