Research Approach

The central purpose of the Landscape Mosaics Project is to understand how a combination of action and empirical research can contribute to improving both the livelihoods of local communities and the conservation and sustainable use of forest resources. The project has proposed a method, based on the extensive experience of scientists at CIFOR and the World Agroforestry Centre, which will be tested and refined throughout the project. The lessons learned from the Landscape Mosaics Project will be shared with other conservation and development projects and the scientific community. The project will also seek to determine what key scientific information is required to support the processes that can successfully improve landscape management and the effectiveness of this method for influencing policy.

The data gathered from the five project sites will be used to test and answer several thematic scientific hypotheses and research questions.  These questions relate to biodiversity in multifunctional landscapes: its functions, uses and methods to conserve it.  By answering these questions, the project will help to inform the broader scientific and conservation community and enable them to build on the lessons learned from this project for future conservation, development or research projects.

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