Many of the mapping and monitoring efforts associated with REDD focus on the big picture of carbon stock and of deforestation trends throughout the tropics. A research expedition just underway, led by scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center, is focusing on the third piece necessary to inform a global REDD mechanism namely, how do people use the land? Through a series of participatory mapping workshops with indigenous peoples in the Congo Basin, scientists and participants are discussing land tenure, forest inventory techniques, and baselines that could help secure lands for local populations. Outcomes will include training in the use of GPS for mapping and a report from interviews done in the field.
Nadine Laporte, Glenn Bush, and Scott Goetz are scientists at WHRC and are leading this effort. Their itinerary began in Kinshasa, on March 14, and continues to Gemena, Bikoro, and Mbandaka. The trip concludes on April 1.
This expedition is part of the capacity building component of a three-year grant to the Center from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, google.org, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Glenn K. Bush, Ph.D., is an environmental economist who specializes in welfare economics, resource valuation, and environmental cost-benefit analysis. His work has focused on quantitative valuation of forest conservation strategies for forest-adjacent households, as well as the microeconomic and social determinants of forest conservation. He is currently concerned with developing and testing combined econometric and spatial models on the drivers and determinants of land cover change. Dr. Bush has previously worked in Africa and in Central and Southeast Asia as a researcher, project manager, and consultant on natural resource management and conservation projects in the public and private sector. He has held positions with the UK Government Department for International Development, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the D
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