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Multidisciplinary Landscape Assessment

Multidisciplinary Landscape Assessment (MLA) is a series of methods used to determine what aspects of biodiversity matter to local communities living in forested landscapes. Through understanding the needs of local communities, better informed decisions about management and conservation can be made and the greater likelihood of sustainable management. MLA uses a combination of methods that can help identify local knowledge and concerns as well as employing biophysical surveys.

Website: www.cifor.org/mla

Tools: www.cifor.org/mla/_ref/publication/

Tools for Integrating Conservation and Development

The Tools for Integrating Conservation and Development website offers a series of tools for people undertaking conservation and development projects, as well as offering lessons learnt from previous projects.

Website: www.cifor.org/conservation

Local People, Devolution and Adaptive Collaborative Management Program

The website of the Adaptive Collaborative Management Program offers a series of methods and tools for conservation and sustainable forest management. The topics include: Criteria and Indicators; Future Scenarios; Participatory Mapping; MultiCriteria Analysis; and Systems Dynamics Modelling.

Website: www.cifor.org/acm/methods/

The World Agroforestry Centre

Rewarding Upland Poor for Environmental Services

The RUPES project examines mechanisms for rewarding upland poor for the environmental services that their management of landscapes provides. As part of this project a Rapid Agrobiodiversity Appraisal (RABA) method was developed. The tool is useful for scoping the potential of using reward mechanisms as incentives for conservation and/or sustainable management.

Website: www.worldagroforestry.org/sea/Networks/RUPES/index.asp

Guidelines: www.worldagroforestry.org/sea/Networks/RUPES/guide.htm

Alternatives to Slash and Burn

The ASB website contains many useful tools related to landscape management. Of particular interest is the working paper series on Compensation and Rewards for Environmental Services. Also of interest is the lecture note series, particularly relating to the evaluation of land use systems from a socio-economic perspective.

Website: www.asb.cgiar.org

Publications: www.asb.cgiar.org/publications/search.asp

Research Guidelines and Field Method

Integrating Livelihoods and Multiple Biodiversity Values in Landscape Mosaics

PDF File: Research Guidelines Version 1

PDF File: Field Methods

External Tools

The Landscape Outcomes Assessment Methodology

The Landscape Outcomes Assessment Methodology (LOAM), a method developed by WWF based on earlier joint work of CIFOR and WWF, provides a methodology for measuring, monitoring and communicating landscape change, based on a set of locally agreed indicators.

Resource link: www.assets.panda.org/downloads/loaminpracticemay07.pdf


Aldrich, M. and J. Sayer (2007) In Practice: Landscape Outcomes Assessment Methodology (LOAM). WWF Forests for Life Programme.

Guijt, I. (ed) (2007). Negotiated learning: collaborative monitoring in forest resource management. Resources For the Future, Washington, D.C., USA.

Sayer, J., B. Campbell , L. Petheram, M. Aldrich, M. Ruiz Perez, D. Endamana, Z.L. Nzooh Dongmo , L. Defo, S. Mariki , N. Doggart, and N. Burgess (2007) ‘Assessing environment and development outcomes in conservation landscapes’ in Biodiversity Conservation 16:2677–2694.

Campbell, B.M., Sayer, J.A., Frost, P., Vermeulen, S., Ruiz Pérez, M., Cunningham, A., & Prabhu, R. 2001. Assessing the performance of natural resource systems. Conservation Ecology 15 (2): www.consecol.org/vol5/iss2/art20.

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