Governance of Forests: Multiple Outcomes in the Bolivian Lowlands – Reconciling Livelihoods, Biodiversity Conservation and Carbon Sequestration
How can new institutional arrangements help reconcile livelyhood-relevant factors of local populations with the UN program for Reducing Emissions for Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)?

Summary

Community forests are important in developing countries, where they have been expanding considerably. Implementation of the UN program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in local complex socio-ecological environments is facing serious challenges. The current focus on forest carbon tends to overlook the compatibility of such programs with other livelihood-relevant factors, such as non-timber products, agriculture and livestock.

The main focus of the proposed research concerns the question of how the institutional arrangements of local forest stakeholders shape multiple forest outcomes and trade-offs between livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration. The interdisciplinary team will use techniques from the natural and social sciences. Field work will be carried out in two Bolivian forest landscapes (dry savannahs and subtropical forest). The main findings will substantially advance existing theoretical work on the linkage between natural and human systems and identify some livelihood and institutional alternatives to deforestation and forest degradation.

Keywords

  • Global governance

Disciplines

  • Anthropology
  • Climatology
  • Development
  • Environment
  • Sociology

Relevant Countries

  • Bolivia
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America

Status

This project, started in 2010, has been completed.

Project Outputs

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Research team

Stephan Rist
Coordinator
University of Berne

Patrick Bottazzi
Co-Coordinator
University of Michigan

Jean Paul Benavides
Principal Member
Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Economica y Social

Hy Dao
Principal Member
University of Geneva

Juan Carlos Mariscal
Principal Member
Université d’Agroécologie de Cochabamba

Stefan Schwarzer
Principal Member
United Nations Environment Programme

Marcelo Clavijo Serrudo
Principal Member
Université d’Agroécologie de Cochabamba

Patricia Uberhuaga
Principal Member
Centro de Estudios de la Realidad Economica y Social

Arun Agrawal
Associated Member
University of Michigan

Urs Wiesmann
Associated Member
University of Berne