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Programmes Tropical Forests

Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests

What are we doing?
We seek to strengthen understanding of how state and non-state institutions and actors shape decisions about the conservation and use of forest resources around the world.

Why is it important?
Tropical forests are perhaps the greatest treasures of life on Earth, housing half of all biodiversity, much of which has yet to be observed or described.  To protect these resources, there is a need to further develop state and non-state governance within the forest sector, on local and global levels.

How are we different?
The OCTF brings together Oxford's vast intellectual capital and expertise on practical issues in this area, creating a unique network of University departments and neighbouring NGOs, consultancies and businesses.  We also serve as a platform for broader collaboration between Oxford area institutions and the global forest community.

Research Projects

Multi-level forest governance: examines the evolution and interaction of state and non-state forest governance. It draws on both case study work and international comparisons to consider how various actors define the goals and shape the rules and incentives for environmental and social performance.

Protected area effectiveness: aims to measure protected area effectiveness, at a regional and national scale, using a landscape modelling approach.

Deforestation in West Africa: provides scientific support and training to help a number of avoided deforestation pilot projects get going (in Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone). This includes visiting study sites across the region to understand better the local realities, and at the same time developing proposals to develop interdisciplinary research around the potential for ecosystems services to provide sustainable development and adaptation to climate change.

Ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: aims to develop a conceptual framework that analyses the links between ecosystem services and sustainable poverty reduction, examining in particular how benefits derived from ecosystem services are distributed among different stakeholders, the factors underlying these processes and their potential impacts.

Operationalizing REDD+ - Actors, Interests and Ideas: aims to create a better understanding of the wide range of actors, interests and ideas that are shaping REDD+, which is the central focus of deforestation policy and practice globally, but which has no globally accepted implementation strategy.

Bushmeat Hunting in Central Africa: investigated bushmeat hunting, which has become the most significant immediate threat to wildlife in many African and Asian countries.