The role of institutions for forest resource and livelihood management in East African forest landscapes


This projectaddresses deforestation and food insecurity which are threatening the sustainability of livelihoods in east african forest landscapes.

Therefore we want to strengthen research capacities to better understand the role of institutions and institutional change for sustainable natural resource management and livelihoods in East African forest landscapes.
Ethiopia (coordinating country), Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
The existing research network on forests and institutions (IFRI), which began in 1993 and which includes partners from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, has produced pioneer knowledge on the importance of institutions for sustainable livelihoods in forest landscapes. The proposed project will strengthen the capacities of this network by training MSc and PhD students, supporting research, enhancing network linkages, and incorporating Ethiopia as a new member to the network.
Young researchers from all East African partner countries and Ethiopian senior researchers will be trained in the theoretical and methodological approaches of the network. These new members will then be supported in field research on the various components of livelihoods, institutions and forest landscapes. Strengthening the network will be done by one week long training for trainers, two 6 week intensive MSc and PhD student training courses and annual meetings which bring together students, senior researchers. Applied funds are for research equipment, travel, student stipends, and training.