Focali researcher Matilda Palm awarded research grants from Formas and Sida

Focali researcher Matilda Palm awarded research grants from Formas and Sida

For Palm this implies research funding for four years, whereof one year will be spent at Columbia University with Professor Ruth DeFries and four month at ICRAF (World Agroforestry Centre). The research project builds on Matilda Palm’s previous research on agroforestry and restoration of degraded land.

Description of the project: 

Shifts in global land use have led to loss of biodiversity, ecosystem services and land degradation. In many geographical areas the deterioration is very serious scale and the impact is huge, both in terms of food production and deforestation. The proposed research will identify opportunities for ecological restoration by analysing how an expansion of agroforestry management onto degraded land may reinstate productivity and ecosystem services. Reforestation as a restoration alternative has been widely recognized, however, the provision of ecosystem services may be limited. Agroforestry, in contrast, offers the possibility to generate a wide variety of both environmental and socioeconomic benefits, and through that also a higher potential of success. 
With a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches the project will capture a broad spectrum of drivers of degradation as well as possibilities to overcome obstacles that hinders restoration. I will make a comprehensive assessment of opportunities and risks associated with ecological restoration of degraded land. More specifically, my aim is to propose practical solutions for restoration of degraded land with a focus on multiple ecosystem services based on comparative field research from India and Vietnam and carried out in close collaboration with Prof. Ruth DeFries and her research group at Columbia University and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).  

About the research grant: 

The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) and The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) invites applications on novel research projects within the social and humanistic sciences as well as the natural sciences that address sustainability issues in the fields of natural resource use and governance, increased agricultural production, and environmental management in low-income countries. The overall intention is to contribute to development of new knowledge that will support global sustainable development, and to promote capacity building long-term cooperation between Swedish researchers and researchers in low-income countries.

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