Sneak a peek on our participatory workshops in Zambia, Ecuador and the Philippines

With our local workshops LaForeT collects important insights on the daily life, local formal and informal rules, norms and values as well as information on the dynamics of land use over time in our study regions.

Combined with household survey data, analysis of satellite images, forest inventory data and interviews with key informants, one can characterise the social-ecological subsystems on a landscape level and compare them. This helps to find influential cross cutting factors that influence forest integrity and may enhance or hamper sustainable management initiatives.

The workshops stretch over 2 to 3 days and include methods like pebble scoring to define the main forest use, participatory mapping of the region and its land use types today, in the past and future as well as scoring methods and listings of the rules in place that define the management of the local forests and general community life. In each region, the researcher teams include research assistants that speak the local language and that moderate the group.

See below a small gallery showing the workshops in progress.