Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Workshop 1: Holistic model building: Supporting Risk Transfer Decisions in Agroforestry Systems


Facilitators: Denise Margaret Matias (NTFP-EP Asia / DIE) and Cory Whitney (University of Bonn ZEF / INRES)

Specific aims of the workshop:
○ Explore the applicability of risk transfer as part of a comprehensive risk management approach in agroforestry systems
○ Introduce a participatory decision support tool to assess crop insurance as an intervention for climate change adaptation in agroforestry systems
○ Build a collaborative model that reflects farmers’ decision regarding the purchase of crop insurance for their agroforestry systems

Part 1 (45 minutes) Presentations
○ Introduction to comprehensive climate risk management
○ Introduction to decision analysis methods
○ Definition of problem context – crop insurance in agroforestry systems


Part 2 (45 minutes) Group work
○ Identify critical aspects of the farmers’ decision
○ Identify specific variables and interactions
○ Disaggregate into a qualitative influence diagram


Part 3 (45 minutes) Final group work
○ Model verification through peer-review and final model feedback
○ Round of feedback about the session
○ Discussion of possible next steps (e.g. model quantification)

Key knowledge, tools, and skills to be acquired by participants:
○ Knowledge on comprehensive climate risk management in agroforestry systems
○ Decision analysis methods to assess climate risk interventions in agroforestry systems
○ Collaborative systems thinking tools

Key outcomes:
○ Increased awareness of how to manage climate risks associated in agroforestry systems or project risks in climate change interventions such as REDD+
○ Understanding and appreciation of complexity of decision-making processes, especially in interventions that will impact the environment and well being of forest communities

Workshop 2: Forests, Farms and Livelihoods: Improving the Evidence Ease for Enabling More Innovative, Effective, and Inclusive Policies and Investments


Facilitators: Jeffrey Campbell (FFF-FAO) and Illias Animon (FAO)

Objectives: Participants at this workshop will discuss the following aspects.
○ Relevance of broadening the evidence base for enabling more innovative, effective, and inclusive policies/investments related to forests, farms and livelihoods, especially in the context of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (2019–2028).
○ Follow-up activities of the workshop ‘Forests, farms and livelihoods: the scale, scope, and rights matter’ held during the third annual FLARE network meeting, including the outcomes of the World Forest Week event in FAO, Rome in July, 2018.
○ Ways to strengthen collaboration in assessing the magnitude of the contributions of the forest and farm producers and making them visible to policy/decision makers. This includes a survey and other efforts for further exploring data availability and gaps regarding the contributions of forest and farm producers to help achieve the SDGs (particularly 1, 2 and 15) and the Global Forest Goal 2.

Agenda: The workshop will consist of a few short presentations followed by interventions by discussants and facilitated/group discussions.

Part 1 (75 minutes): Presentations covering the relevance, progress made so far (including key messages from the recently-launched publication “The world’s largest private sector? Recognizing the cumulative economic value of small-scale forest and farm producers” and the World Forest Week event ‘The scale of forest and farm producers’ contributions to sustainable development: What we know and what we don’t’ held in FAO, Rome in July, 2018) and ways forward.

BREAK (15 minutes)

Part 2 (90 minutes): Group discussion covering focal areas and ways to collaborate (e.g. in a Working Group), particularly for compiling and making use of available data and addressing data gaps.

Key knowledge, tools, and skills to be acquired by participants:
○ Better use of existing information and relevant tools (e.g. forestry modules in the FAO Forestry paper 179) while assessing the contributions of the farm and forest producers.
○ Collaborative opportunities for compiling, generating and disseminating data and knowledge products.

Key outcomes:
○ Better understanding of the complexity of the issues in assessing the contributions of forest and farm producers to relevant SDGs, Global Forest Goal 2 and other relevant goals and some ways to address them.
○ Clearer ideas on further strengthening the collaboration and integration of efforts (particularly for compiling and making use of available data and generating relevant data) to enable more inclusive, effective and innovative policies and investment measures to benefit forest and farm producers.
○ A short report with key discussion points and an action plan (with concrete activities and responsibilities as next steps).



Complimentary lunch for all workshop participants


1pm- 4pm

Workshop 3: FLARE’s Decision Support Tools: The LivWell and CommFor Tools


Facilitator: Arun Agrawal (University of Michigan)

Specific aims of the workshop:
This workshop is for academics and practitioners interested in measuring livelihood and wellbeing at the household level, especially in order to gauge the impact of a project intervention. The workshop leaders will provide a “hands-on” introduction and training for the FLARE Livelihoods and Wellbeing (LivWell) Tool and the Community Forestry (CommFor) Tool. The LivWell tool provides a streamlined set of questions, implemented using an app-based survey, to measure the household livelihood and wellbeing. This platform provides a set of basic parameters to assist in the basic measurement of livelihood and wellbeing for different geographic areas as well as impact estimation from a given project. The CommFor tool is designed to allow users to collect data on community forests and users, and view how and where their community forest stands in relation to other community forests in their country or in the world.
By the end of this session, we envision that each attendee will download, be familiar and comfortable with the tools; will have a draft Work Plan for implementing one or both tools in their own data collection settings; and will be able to contribute feedback on how we might improve these instruments for future use.

○ 1:00 – 1:10 pm: Welcome
○ 1:10 – 1:45 pm: The need for and design of the LivWell Tool and CommFor Tool (Presentation)
○ 1:45-2:30 pm: LivWell Tool: Interactive tour of the platforms
○ 2:30 – 3:00: CommFor Tool: Interactive tour of the platforms
○ 3:00 – 3:15 pm: Overview of a draft Work Plan and sampling basics on a budget
○ 3:15-3:45 pm: Break-Out and Individual Consultation: Developing your Work Plan
○ 3:45-4:00 pm: Conclusion and Feedback

Key knowledge, tools, and skills to be acquired by participants:
This workshop introduces attendees to the FLARE LivWell and CommFor tools and trains them on using it for their own purposes to collect, download, visualize, and analyze data for measuring household livelihood and wellbeing.

Key outcomes:
○ Register for and use the tools, from downloading the app-based survey, querying data online, and using the visualization and analysis platform to receive preliminary results
○ Draft a Work Plan to implement the tools in their own sites, focusing on maximizing survey dissemination given budget constraints, writing a sampling protocol, and planning for an enumerator training
○ Provide valuable feedback to the FLARE Team on improving the tools and become part of the FLARE Tool User Community