During the 29th September to 02nd October, 2017, over 150 participants from different parts of the world gathered in Stockholm of Sweden, the Scandinavian capital to share their experiences and advance the knowledge on forest and livelihood interactions. The meeting was held under the FLARE (Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) network led by University of Michigan http://www.forestlivelihoods.org/flare-meeting-2017/.
RIEL PhD candidate Ronju Ahammad attended the meeting and presented a research paper on 'Understanding interactions of forest cover change and livelihoods in a degraded landscape of Bangladesh'. The presentation was part of his on-going thesis research and preliminary findings of the Center for International Forestry Research led Agrarian Change Project of which Ronju is a contributor.
More than 33 sessions were held during the meeting which covered a diverse range of topics related to forests and livelihoods, ecosystem services, SDGs, agroforestry, tenure and land rights, landscape restoration and plantations, climate change and future of forest work. Ronju's paper contributed to the session “ Forests in flux” where the presenters addressed questions on How forests are changing around the world and how does this affect people who live in or near them?
FLARE collaborates researchers, practitioners, donors, and decision makers who work globally to: I) Undertake assessments of forest sector initiatives, ii) Develop low-cost tools and methods to generate usable information for decision making; iv) Gather, promote and share policy and research findings related to forests and livelihoods; v) Promote the adoption of tools, knowledge, and methods that enhance monitoring efforts and the efficacy of initiatives targeting forest-related livelihoods.
The meeting was organised in partnership with Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI), Forest, Climate and Livelihoods Research Network (FOCALI), and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI).
Ronju was generous supported by CIFOR and CDU to attend the event.