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Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation

English title Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation
Applicant Messerli Peter
Number 177592
Funding scheme r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)
Research institution Zentrum für Entwicklung und Umwelt Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Environmental Research
Start/End 01.01.2018 - 30.06.2021
Approved amount 1'723'401.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Environmental Research
Social geography and ecology

Keywords (7)

Land use decision-making; Multi-stakeholder learning; Trade-offs in ecosystem service flows; Adaptive land governance; Socio-ecological systems; Telecoupling; Bayesian modelling

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Erhalt von Ökosystemdienstleistungen und Armutslinderung in global vernetzten Landschaftssystemen der TropenLeadDie Nutzung von Landschaftssystemen am Rande von tropischen Regenwäldern ist oft nicht nachhaltig. Dies verdeutlicht die Herausforderung, wirtschaftliche und menschliche Entwicklung mit den planetaren Grenzen in Einklang zu bringen. Zunehmend werden Landnutzungsentscheidungen in diesen sozio-ökologischen Systemen von globalen Akteuren beeinflusst und gesteuert. Landwirtschaftliche Intensivierung, Produktion von Bio-Treibstoffen, Projekte zur Kohlenstoffspeicherung und Ausdehnung von Schutzgebieten sind nur einige der treibenden Kräften. Dies führt dazu, dass nicht nur die grundlegenden Lebensbedürfnisse und Entwicklungsansprüche der lokalen Bevölkerung in Frage gestellt werden, sondern oft auch Ökosystemdienstleistungen von globaler Bedeutung gefährdet werden.
Lay summary
Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojektes

Das übergeordnete Ziel dieses Projekts ist es, in global vernetzten Landschaftssystemen der Tropen innovative Strategien und institutionelle Mechanismen zu entwerfen und zu testen, mit deren Hilfe Ökosystemdienstleistungen erhalten und die Lebensbedingungen der lokalen Bevölkerung verbessert werden können.

Dazu untersuchen wir komplexe und global vernetzte Landnutzungsentscheide in Landschaften dreier Länder (Laos, Myanmar, Madagaskar), fördern Lernprozesse zwischen verschiedenen Akteurgruppen, und erarbeiten Ansätze und institutionelle Mechanismen, um angepasste Landnutzungsentscheidungen zu treffen. Die Analyse der Effektivität dieser Ansätze ist ein wichtiges Forschungsanliegen.

Wissenschaftlicher und gesellschaftlicher Kontext des Forschungsprojekts

Unsere Arbeit wird neue Erkenntnisse generieren, wie in global vernetzten Systemen Ökosystemdienstleistungen erhalten und Armut gelindert werden kann. Indem wichtige Entscheidungsträger direkt im Projekt involviert sein werden, wird sichergestellt, dass die gewonnenen Einsichten in entwicklungspolitische  Prozesse einfliessen.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 20.11.2017

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Employees

Publications

Publication
Crop booms at the forest frontier: Triggers, reinforcing dynamics, and the diffusion of knowledge and norms
Junquera Victoria, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne (2019), Crop booms at the forest frontier: Triggers, reinforcing dynamics, and the diffusion of knowledge and norms, in Global Environmental Change, 57, 101929-101929.
Effects of protected area establishment and cash crop price dynamics on land use transitions 1990–2017 in north-eastern Madagascar
Llopis Jorge C., Harimalala Paul C., Bär Roger, Heinimann Andreas, Rabemananjara Zo Hasina, Zaehringer Julie G. (2019), Effects of protected area establishment and cash crop price dynamics on land use transitions 1990–2017 in north-eastern Madagascar, in Journal of Land Use Science, 1-29.
Co-producing Knowledge for Sustainable Development in Telecoupled Land Systems
Zaehringer Julie G., Schneider Flurina, Heinimann Andreas, Messerli Peter (2019), Co-producing Knowledge for Sustainable Development in Telecoupled Land Systems, in Nielsen Jonas, Friis Cecilie (ed.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, 357-381.
Local Perspectives on Ecosystem Service Trade-Offs in a Forest Frontier Landscape in Myanmar
Feurer Melanie, Heinimann Andreas, Schneider Flurina, Jurt Christine, Myint Win, Zaehringer Julie Gwendolin (2019), Local Perspectives on Ecosystem Service Trade-Offs in a Forest Frontier Landscape in Myanmar, in Land, 8(3), 45-45.
Telecoupling Research: The First Five Years
Kapsar Kelly, Hovis Ciara, Bicudo da Silva Ramon, Buchholtz Erin, Carlson Andrew, Dou Yue, Du Yueyue, Furumo Paul, Li Yingjie, Torres Aurora, Yang Di, Wan Ho, Zaehringer Julie, Liu Jianguo (2019), Telecoupling Research: The First Five Years, in Sustainability, 11(4), 1033-1033.
Land Competition under Telecoupling: Distant Actors’ Environmental versus Economic Claims on Land in North-Eastern Madagascar
Andriamihaja O. Ravaka, Metz Florence, Zaehringer Julie G., Fischer Manuel, Messerli Peter (2019), Land Competition under Telecoupling: Distant Actors’ Environmental versus Economic Claims on Land in North-Eastern Madagascar, in Sustainability, 11(3), 851-851.
Automated detection of individual clove trees for yield quantification in northeastern Madagascar based on multi-spectral satellite data
Roth Sandra I.B., Leiterer Reik, Volpi Michele, Celio Enrico, Schaepman Michael E., Joerg Philip C. (2019), Automated detection of individual clove trees for yield quantification in northeastern Madagascar based on multi-spectral satellite data, in Remote Sensing of Environment, 221, 144-156.
Toward Rigorous Telecoupling Causal Attribution: A Systematic Review and Typology
Carlson Andrew, Zaehringer Julie, Garrett Rachael, Felipe Bicudo Silva Ramon, Furumo Paul, Raya Rey Andrea, Torres Aurora, Gon Chung Min, Li Yingjie, Liu Jianguo (2018), Toward Rigorous Telecoupling Causal Attribution: A Systematic Review and Typology, in Sustainability, 10(12), 4426-4426.
Distant Interactions, Power, and Environmental Justice in Protected Area Governance: A Telecoupling Perspective
Boillat Sébastien, Gerber Jean-David, Oberlack Christoph, Zaehringer Julie, Ifejika Speranza Chinwe, Rist Stephan (2018), Distant Interactions, Power, and Environmental Justice in Protected Area Governance: A Telecoupling Perspective, in Sustainability, 10(11), 3954-3954.
Whose Agency Counts in Land Use Decision-Making in Myanmar? A Comparative Analysis of Three Cases in Tanintharyi Region
Lundsgaard-Hansen Lara, Schneider Flurina, Zaehringer Julie, Oberlack Christoph, Myint Win, Messerli Peter (2018), Whose Agency Counts in Land Use Decision-Making in Myanmar? A Comparative Analysis of Three Cases in Tanintharyi Region, in Sustainability, 10(10), 3823-3823.
A novel participatory and remote-sensing-based approach to mapping annual land use change on forest frontiers in Laos, Myanmar, and Madagascar
Zaehringer Julie G., Llopis Jorge C., Latthachack Phokham, Thein Tun Tun, Heinimann Andreas (2018), A novel participatory and remote-sensing-based approach to mapping annual land use change on forest frontiers in Laos, Myanmar, and Madagascar, in Journal of Land Use Science, 13(1-2), 16-31.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
University of Kyoto Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
WCS Wildlife Conservation Society Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
District office of Maroantsetra Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Cambridge, Conservation Research Institute Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
CO-APPLICANT: Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos, Lao PDR Laos (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
CSA (local Agricultural Service Center) Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Forest Management and Development (ForDev) Group , ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Ministry of Trade Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
World Agroforestry Centre ICRAF, Regional Office Southeast Asia Indonesia (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
NETWORK PARTNER: University of Forestry, Yezin Myanmar (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
MAIN APPLICANT: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern Switzerland (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
University of Yangon Myanmar (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
CO-APPLICANT: Institute of Political Science, University of Bern Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Dawei Research Association Myanmar (Asia)
- Exchange of personnel
NETWORK PARTNER: Mediascope, Antananarivo Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
COSAP - Comité d'Orientation et Soutien aux Aires Protégés /Lampogno MamaBaie Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Maryland United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
MNP Madagascar National Parks Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Conservation International Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Fauna and Flora International Myanmar (Asia)
- Research Infrastructure
McGill University Canada (North America)
- Publication
REDD+ Office at Department of Forestry (DoF) Laos (Asia)
- Exchange of personnel
University of Mandalay Myanmar (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute Laos (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Land tenure observatory Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
UC Louvain Belgium (Europe)
- Publication
CNRE Centre National de Recherches en Environnement Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
CO-APPLICANT: Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS), ETH Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
e Guard Myanmar Myanmar (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
NETWORK PARTNER: Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Kunming China (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
ONG SEPALI Madagascar Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Observatoire du Secteur Foncier (civil society) Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
University of Dawei Myanmar (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Integrated Conservation of Biodiversity and Forests (ICPF) Laos (Asia)
- Exchange of personnel
General Direction of Forest Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Formaprod (Professional Training Program and Improvement of Agricultural Productivity) Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Forestry Laos (Asia)
- Exchange of personnel
Association Intercoopération Madagascar AIM Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Forest Resource Management Laos (Asia)
- Exchange of personnel
Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (CIRAE Maroantsetra) Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Bureau national de Coordination de la REDD Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
NETWORK PARTNER: Faculty of Economics and Business Management, National University of Laos Laos (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
NETWORK PARTNER: International Land Coalition (ILC), Rome Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
ACIAR project “Advancing enhanced wood manufacturing industries in Laos and Australia” Laos (Asia)
- Exchange of personnel
CO-APPLICANT: Environmental and Economic Research Institute, Yangon, Myanmar Myanmar (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
University of Sydney Australia (Oceania)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
CO-APPLICANT: École Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques, Forêts, Antananarivo, Madagascar Madagascar (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
NETWORK PARTNER: Land Issues Working Group (LIWG) Laos (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
ISM (Institute of Statistical Mathematics) Japan (Asia)
- Exchange of personnel
NETWORK PARTNER: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Regional Office East and Central Asia, Kunming China (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
NETWORK PARTNER: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor Indonesia (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
NETWORK PARTNER: Land Core Group (LCG) Myanmar (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Sustainable Village Forest Management project at NUOL Laos (Asia)
- Exchange of personnel
NETWORK PARTNER: Village Focus International (VFI), Vientiane Laos (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Chair of Ecological Systems Design, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
University of Göttingen Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
IAPS Poster Patrick LABY: Young generation facing challenges of sustainable land management: implications for social learning in Northeastern Madagascar 08.07.2019 Rome, Italy Ramamonjisoa Bruno Salomon; Schneider Flurina;
Environmental Justice Conference 2019 Talk given at a conference Transformations in fire prone landscapes in a global biodiversity hotspot - broadening the environmental justice lens 02.07.2019 Norwich, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Llopis Jorge Claudio; Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
Environmental Justice Conference 2019 Talk given at a conference The missing discourse: multiple local burdens of fire escape in telecoupled landscapes at the forest agricultural nexus. 02.07.2019 Norwich, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
Environmental Justice Conference 2019 Talk given at a conference Human well-being under global change: implications of protected areas establishment and commodity trade dynamics for individual and community capabilities in forest frontier contexts. 02.07.2019 Norwich, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin; Llopis Jorge Claudio;
Ecosystem Services Partnership African Conference Talk given at a conference Assessing the relevance of relational values to explore human well-being in forest-frontier contexts: lessons from northeast Madagascar 17.06.2019 Kpalimé, Togo Zähringer Julie Gwendolin; Schneider Flurina; Llopis Jorge Claudio;
USYS Conference 2019 Talk given at a conference Comparative environmental politics 07.06.2019 Davos, Switzerland Metz Florence;
4th World Congress on Agroforestry Poster R. Ntsiva N. Andriatsitohaina: Drivers of expansion of Agroforestry systems within the landscape of North-Eastern Madagascar 20.05.2019 Montpellier, France Ramamonjisoa Bruno Salomon; Celio Enrico; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
Diversity Turn Individual talk Co-producing knowledge for the sustainable development of telecoupled landscapes in Madagascar, Laos, and Myanmar 14.05.2019 University of Göttingen, Germany Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference Using social network analysis in telecoupling research: opportunities and challenges 25.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Metz Florence;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference Measuring diverse impacts of agriculture and conservation interventions in tropical forest landscapes: bringing human wellbeing into focus. Conference session 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference Towards transformative interventions in unsustainable land systems - a science-practice-policy perspective. Conference session. 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference Sustainable and Just Development in Myanmar: Land disputes in Tanintharyi Region between commercial interests, nature conservation and human well-being 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Lundsgaard-Hansen Lara; Messerli Peter; Myint Win; Zähringer Julie Gwendolin; Schneider Flurina;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference R. Ntsiva N. Andriatsitohaina: The influence of biophysical and socio-economic factors on land-use change in the North-East of Madagascar 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Celio Enrico; Ramamonjisoa Bruno Salomon; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference The role of digitalization in land transformation 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Grêt-Regamey Adrienne; Zähringer Julie Gwendolin; Messerli Peter;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference Capturing and understanding telecoupling in complex land systems. Conference session. 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference O. Ravaka Andriamihaja: Land Competition under Telecoupling: Distant Actors’ Environmental versus Economic Claims on Land in North-Eastern Madagascar 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin; Metz Florence; Fischer Manuel; Messerli Peter;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference Local peoples' attachment to land in forest-frontier contexts of Laos, Madagascar, and Myanmar 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference Land use and human well-being changes in the context of conservation and cash crop booms: case studies from Madagascar 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Llopis Jorge Claudio;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference Session organized: Landscape performance assessment as a method of knowledge co-production and framing equitable future pathways 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Celio Enrico;
GLP 4th Open Science Meeting Talk given at a conference Crop boom dynamics in forest frontiers: the northern Laos rubber boom 24.04.2019 Bern, Switzerland Junquera Garcia Victoria Maria; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
COUPLED ITN Applied Training Course, Autonomous University of Barcelona Individual talk Conservation and Environmental Justice - The case of Masoala National Park in Madagascar 06.03.2019 Barcelona, Spain Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
Development Challenges in Myanmar Individual talk Sustainable Development in Myanmar: land disputes between commercial interests, nature conservation and human well-being 14.02.2019 Uppsala, Sweden Myint Win; Schneider Flurina;
Leverage Points conference 2019 Talk given at a conference Governance innovations for sustainability transformations: the case of multi-stakeholder platforms on oil palm in Myanmar 06.02.2019 Lüneburg, Germany Lundsgaard-Hansen Lara; Oberlack Christoph;
16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Talk given at a conference Sustainable development and human well-being under telecoupling: insights from the biodiversity hotspot of northeast Madagascar 30.11.2018 Bern, Switzerland Llopis Jorge Claudio; Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
Sithong Thongmanivong, Daovorn Thongphan and Phokham Latthachak: National and International Research Conference on "Diversity, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation for Development" Talk given at a conference Rapid land use transition in Northern Laos: Governmental Support and Local Connections; Changes in land use, ecosystem service supply, and human well-being in Luang Namtha province, North-Western Laos 05.11.2018 Vientiane, Laos Chanthavong Houngphet;
GLP third co-production webinar Talk given at a conference Participatory Bayesian network-based land-use decisions modeling approach 01.11.2018 Online, Switzerland Celio Enrico;
Swiss Researching Africa Days 2018 Talk given at a conference Land and capabilities under global change: the case of Northeast Madagascar 26.10.2018 Bern, Switzerland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin; Llopis Jorge Claudio;
4th Annual FLARE Meeting Talk given at a conference Impacts of land system regime shifts on human well-being in forest frontier landscapes of Southeast Asia. 18.10.2018 Copenhagen, Denmark Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
4th Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement (FLARE) Meeting Talk given at a conference Shifting capabilities in northeast Madagascar: Methodological advances to explore land-use change and human well-being 17.10.2018 Copenhagen, Denmark Zähringer Julie Gwendolin; Llopis Jorge Claudio;
University of Cambridge, Conservation Research Institute, Zoology Lab Lunch Individual talk Telecoupled forest frontier landscapes in Laos, Myanmar, and Madagascar: co-producing knowledge for sustainable development 19.09.2018 Cambridge, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
IUFRO CONFERENCE Talk given at a conference Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: Madagascar case study 17.09.2018 Prague, Czech Republic Ramamonjisoa Bruno Salomon;
IAPS Poster R. Ntsiva N. Andriatsitohaina: Validation of Bayesian network model of land-use change for helping decision makers on rural territorial planning 08.07.2018 Rome, Italy Ramamonjisoa Bruno Salomon; Celio Enrico; Grêt-Regamey Adrienne;
COP4 - Field Course - Borderland: Critical Approaches to Field Research in the Global South Talk given at a conference Lessons learned and critical reflection: Field work in a borderland forest frontier in Lao PDR 20.06.2018 Bangkok, Thailand Junquera Garcia Victoria Maria;
5th European Congress of Conservation Biology Talk given at a conference Land system regime shifts and their impacts on human well-being in forest frontier landscapes of Madagascar and Myanmar 12.06.2018 Jyväskylä, Finland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
University of Cambridge, Geography Department, Political Ecology Lab Lunch Individual talk Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation 08.05.2018 Cambridge, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
US-IALE 2018 Annual Meeting Talk given at a conference Operationalizing the telecoupling concept to assess land system regime shifts, land use decision making, and impacts on human well-being in tropical forest frontier landscapes: first empirical results from Laos, Madagascar, and Myanmar 08.04.2018 Chicago, United States of America Zähringer Julie Gwendolin;
Researching Africa Days Conference Talk given at a conference The multi-layered nature of land: telecoupling and the need for looking across scales 03.03.2018 Oxford, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Llopis Jorge Claudio;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
National Forest Inventory Methodology Workshop Workshop 10.12.2018 Yangon, Myanmar Myint Win;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
PACT negotiation workshop 1 14.06.2019 Luang Namtha, Laos
Introduction of PACT to PAFO 20.05.2019 Luang Namtha, Laos
CROP (Comité régional d'orientation du project) Meeting 14.05.2019 Maroantsetra, Madagascar
CROP (Comité régional d'orientation du project) Meeting 14.05.2019 Maroantsetra, Madagascar
CROP (Comité régional d'orientation du project) Meeting 09.04.2019 Maroantsetra, Madagascar
Co-producing knowledge for the sustainable development of telecoupled landscapes in Madagascar, Laos, and Myanmar 25.03.2019 Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
National Advisory Group Meeting 07.03.2019 Antananarivo, Madagascar
Sharing research results and explaining about PACT 14.12.2018 Hein Ze village, Kyaut Shat village, Ein Da Rar Zar village, Shin Pyan village and Ye Ngan village, Myanmar
CROP (Comité régional d'orientation du project) Meeting 29.11.2018 Maroantsetra, Madagascar
CROP (Comité régional d'orientation du project) Meeting 20.08.2018 Maroantsetra, Madagascar
National Advisory Group Meeting 26.07.2018 Antananarivo, Madagascar
National Advisory Group Meeting 28.02.2018 Antananarivo, Madagascar

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) How advanced are we in understanding what causes telecoupling processes? COUPLED - Operationalising Telecoupling for Solving Sustainability Challenges for Land Use International 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Political Forests NSL Newsletter International 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Conservation versus local livelihoods? Sustainable development challenges in Madagascar CDEdata Blog International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Estimating and visualising trade-offs in ecosystem services supply for beneficiaries at multiple sca Policy Support ..in water, environment and conservation management International 2018
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) R4D Myanmar ECCSi Facebook International 2018

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
152167 Managing telecoupled landscapes for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation 01.01.2015 r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)
192913 Participatory land-use modelling to accelerate sustainable transformation applying a landscape approach (PLUMALA) 01.09.2020 Transformation Accelerating Grant
192919 Collective capabilities and action for sustainable agricultural intensification in Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar 01.07.2020 Transformation Accelerating Grant

Abstract

Landscapes on forest fringes in the humid tropics provide powerful examples of the issues discussed in the current debate on Sustainable Development Goals - the global community’s attempt to reconcile human development with increasingly evident planetary boundaries. These social-ecological systems (SESs) not only have to meet the immediate livelihood needs and the broader development aspirations of their local populations. They are also expected to ensure the complex mix of ecosystem service flows that support human well-being locally and provide environmental benefits worldwide. At the same time, global forces have come to outweigh local determinants of land use change in these landscapes. Driven by demands for agricultural expansion and intensification, fuel, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, and more, these forces consist not only of socio-economic (“globalisation”) or environmental interactions (“teleconnections”), but increasingly encompass combined socio-economic and environmental interactions between two or more distant SESs. This phenomenon, which land change scientists have recently conceptualised under the term “telecoupling”, points to major methodological and empirical research gaps. Telecoupling provides the overall framework of this project, which aims to devise and test innovative strategies and institutional arrangements for securing ecosystem service flows and human well-being in and between telecoupled landscapes. In a first, problem-oriented hypothesis, we stipulate that the capacity of SESs to support ecosystem service flows and human well-being decreases with increasing telecoupling. In other words, the growing distance between supply and demand undermines ecosystem stewardship and SESs’ adaptive capacities. In a second, solution-oriented hypothesis, we acknowledge that the development of resource-rich but poverty-prone SESs nonetheless depends on new alliances with distant actors. We hypothesise that their active participation in land governance can increase SESs’ adaptive capacity and thus support ecosystem service flows and human well-being. Third, we intend to explore concrete opportunities for change and stipulate that transdisciplinary learning among multiple stakeholders opens up pathways to more adaptive governance of telecoupled SES. This project will build on research partnerships in Laos, Myanmar, and Madagascar, linking case study research in concrete contexts with generalisation and modelling, and bridging scientific specialisation with inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration and application. A first work package led by the University of Bern will analyse how telecoupling influences land use decisions, and how these in turn modify the flows of ecosystem services and their impact on human well-being. On that basis, a second work package under the guidance of ETHZ will develop a generic Bayesian network model, which will be parameterised through participatory stakeholder interaction and result in a 3D collaborative virtual platform for understanding land use decision-making. The third work package will translate these general insights into concrete innovations using a structured multi-stakeholder learning process. We intend to fully exploit the benefits of the six-year project duration to reconcile the conflicting objectives of scientific excellence, application, and capacity building. We intend to advance the frontiers of land science through nine specialised PhD studies; interdisciplinary innovation will be provided by three post-doc researchers. Development outcomes are systematically built into the research process, enabling us to address key questions, such as how ecosystem-based development can achieve more than mere poverty alleviation, how opportunities of telecoupling can be harnessed for the benefit of marginalised populations, and how the influence of emerging economies changes the roles of conventional development actors.
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