Professor Adrian Newton led BU’s contribution to the Conserving Eden project, examining forest management in the Tien Shan region of Central Asia.
48,000 people live in the project study area, around 80% of whom live below the poverty line. Their livelihoods depend strongly on forest products such as fruits, nuts, firewood and honey. However, yields of forest products are declining rapidly because of unsustainable land use practices.
Funded by the Darwin Initiative, the project explored the development and application of participatory management approaches, with the active involvement of local communities.
More information can be found on the Conserving Eden website.