A recording of this online seminar is available to view HERE
Speaker: Dr Marion Pfeifer, Head of TROPical LandScapes Lab, Newcastle University
In tropical landscapes, national and global forest restoration ambitions sit alongside, often competing, transformational national and regional ambitions for agri-food system development, and both are tightly coupled with rural livelihoods and human well-being at local scales. Dr Pfeifer will present ongoing research from a case study landscape in Tanzania that aims to align the needs and capacities of local stakeholders invested in agri-food development with tree restoration targets set out by conservation practitioners. Working with partners in industry, government, NGOs and academia, her team have developed a system model framework that they are now parameterising to predict and map trade-offs in human well-being, yield and biodiversity outcomes that will play out under different restoration scenarios in our test site. She will showcase first results and discuss next steps on co-development of restoration plans with communities informed by the predicted outcomes and by community perceptions of opportunities and barriers of tree restoration on and around farmed land.
Marion and her TROPical landScapes lab use tools from social and ecological sciences, remote sensing and biodiversity sciences to address challenges for sustainable development. Key themes include human wildlife interactions, forest recovery and resilience, biodiversity responses to infrastructure expansion and nature base solutions to agricultural development needs.