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People Orientated Research        Dominic Rowland     RGS Explore 2011www.brinccexpedition.org
Outline• About BRINCC Expedition•Why engage with communities?•Types of engagement•People centered research on BRINCC•Build...
About BRINCC ExpeditionLogo
About BRINCC ExpeditionLogo
About BRINCC ExpeditionLogo
About BRINCC Expedition       Biodiversity Team   Social TeamLogo
About BRINCC Expedition       Social Team       •   Participatory Mapping       •   Resource and land use       •   Politi...
About BRINCC Expedition                 People Orientated Research• Participatory and GIS mapping of         • Community f...
Why engage with local communities?       •    Building good relations       •    Mutual benefit       •    Local knowledge...
Types of Engagement  • Partnership  • Collaborative Research                                Increasing Level of Engagement...
BRINCC Social Research             SocialisationLogo
BRINCC Social Research           Participatory mappingLogo
BRINCC Social Research                    Resource Use and Land Use • Focus Group Discussions (e.g. timelines and seasonal...
BRINCC Social Research                           Social Anthropology   • Aim: to understand how areas   of habitat and spe...
BRINCC Social Research                          Political Ecology   • To understand the process   by which land rights, mi...
BRINCC Social Research                        Livelihood Economics • Analyse the transition between subsistence and market...
Training and Capacity Building       Local People       • GPS training       • Biological         Research       • Local t...
Conclusions   •Engagement can be powerful but the level of engagement must be   suitable to the context and setting   •It’...
THANK YOU!To our sponsors and supporters www.brinccexpedition.org
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People Orientated Research

  1. 1. People Orientated Research Dominic Rowland RGS Explore 2011www.brinccexpedition.org
  2. 2. Outline• About BRINCC Expedition•Why engage with communities?•Types of engagement•People centered research on BRINCC•Building capacity for conservationLogo Logo www.brinccexpedition.org 2
  3. 3. About BRINCC ExpeditionLogo
  4. 4. About BRINCC ExpeditionLogo
  5. 5. About BRINCC ExpeditionLogo
  6. 6. About BRINCC Expedition Biodiversity Team Social TeamLogo
  7. 7. About BRINCC Expedition Social Team • Participatory Mapping • Resource and land use • Political Ecology • Economics of resource use • Anthropology Biodiversity Team • Gibbons • Amphibians • Butterflies • Small Mammals • Nocturnal Mammals • BirdsLogo • Botany
  8. 8. About BRINCC Expedition People Orientated Research• Participatory and GIS mapping of • Community forest and traditional forest • Sites of cultural and spiritual importance • Ecosystem services• Social science research focussing on • Land use by local people • Livelihoods and forest resources • Economic value of forest resources to communities • The political ecology of land use by local people and companies Biodiversity Surveys in Community ForestLogo
  9. 9. Why engage with local communities? • Building good relations • Mutual benefit • Local knowledge, history, background and context • It’s their land! • Poor and remote, marginalised communities Without local communities the landscape doesn’t make any sense • Influencing spatial planning process • Community prioritised conservation • High Conservation Value (HCV) assessmentsLogo
  10. 10. Types of Engagement • Partnership • Collaborative Research Increasing Level of Engagement • Participatory Research • Consultation • Permission SeekingLogo
  11. 11. BRINCC Social Research SocialisationLogo
  12. 12. BRINCC Social Research Participatory mappingLogo
  13. 13. BRINCC Social Research Resource Use and Land Use • Focus Group Discussions (e.g. timelines and seasonal calendars) •Pebble Distribution Method •Formal and informal interviews •Questionnaires •Types of forest and use patterns •Species used for food, medicine, trade, construction, fuel etcLogo
  14. 14. BRINCC Social Research Social Anthropology • Aim: to understand how areas of habitat and species relate to traditional culture. •Participant observation •Informal Interviews. •Researchers were postgraduate students from same ethnic background.Logo
  15. 15. BRINCC Social Research Political Ecology • To understand the process by which land rights, mining and logging concessions are granted •Understanding the power relations between and within the community regarding decision making •Tracing the investment and supply chains for extractive resources •Mapping the actors and stakeholders involvedLogo
  16. 16. BRINCC Social Research Livelihood Economics • Analyse the transition between subsistence and market based economy •Gain understanding of local perspectives on impacts on livelihoods and forest •Understand concerns and benefits of resource extraction to the local communitiesLogo
  17. 17. Training and Capacity Building Local People • GPS training • Biological Research • Local to Latin Names Students • Research Design • Fieldwork Experience • Data AnalysisLogo
  18. 18. Conclusions •Engagement can be powerful but the level of engagement must be suitable to the context and setting •It’s not wilderness if people live there •Take it slowly, try to gain a broad understanding before detailed research Two final thoughts: •Don’t raise expectations •Investigate data rights and discuss this openly with the communitiesLogo
  19. 19. THANK YOU!To our sponsors and supporters www.brinccexpedition.org

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