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Estimating Global Dependence of Livelihoods on Forests and the Impacts of Forest Investments

Estimating Global Dependence of Livelihoods on Forests and the Impacts of Forest Investments

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Funder: UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)
Project Period: September 2014-August 2019

The project’s aim is to assess and evaluate forest-sector investment impacts, with a focus on 10 programs supported by three agencies in the UK investing in sustainable forest based livelihoods outcomes through the International Climate Fund: DFID, DECC, and DEFRA. The research focuses on program implementation in five countries (Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Ghana, and Nepal).

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The core objectives of this research project are:

  • Estimate, attribute, and explain the impact of key interventions in DFID’s current forest investments on the livelihoods of forest-dependent people
  • Compare and explain livelihood impacts across different intervention strategies, countries, forest types and farmer characteristics to identify the conditions under which projects generate greater positive impacts
  • Develop robust outcome and causal process indicators, flexible and cost effective data collection procedures, and attribution strategies to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, program targeting, real-time monitoring of program outcomes, and impact evaluation

 

Estimating project

Credit: Jennifer Zavaleta

 

The first assessment, of the Multi-Stakeholder Forestry Program in Nepal, was completed in 2016. Currently, an assessment of the ICF Cerrado Program in Brazil (Bahia and Piauí states) is currently underway. Specifically, the research is assessing the ProCerrado program, which aims to build capacity among farmers and provide knowledge for Rural Environmental Register (CAR).