ASFCC Writing Workshop

Brockhaus, M. (Scientific Committee Member)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars


Term of Reference
ASFCC advanced writing workshop
Hanoi, 16-22 November 2017


REDD+ projects are being implemented in forested areas across Southeast Asia and many of these projects are located in areas where shifting cultivation or ‘swiddening’ is widely practiced and where ‘shifting cultivators,’ often minority groups, have traditional rights to land and resources. Swidden landscapes often include areas of forests and fallows that are managed for their contribution to livelihoods, basic food needs and as safety nets, and which generate multiple ecosystem services. These along with many other forms of formal and informal social forestry systems have long existed throughout Southeast Asia and they are often managed under diverse local governance structures. Understanding how the different social forestry regimes can lead to different sets of social, cultural, environmental and development outcomes can help to inform the design of mechanisms such as REDD+.
However, forest and land use practices are changing fast as economic and demographic transformations sweep across the region. Markets, capital flows, and in- and out-migration of communities create dynamism in these social forestry regimes that is often ignored in prescriptive policies that tend to reinforce generalized assumptions and models of homogeneity. Improving the understanding of these dynamics and their inclusion into social forestry programs and policies can support an adaptive and reflexive policy process that enables more effective, efficient and more equitable outcomes.
CIFOR’s research in the ASFCC Phases I and II has delved into the swidden landscape as a social forestry system to understand how swidden communities are managing and using their land and forest resources, how they participate in the social networks that are within their broader social-economic-political contexts, and how migration has influenced and impacted on land and forest use. In parallel, we have also assessed the national social forestry and REDD+ policy arenas.
In Phase III, CIFOR is expanding our research on livelihood risk and coping, adaptive governance and adaptive capacity in response to climate change and other emerging drivers impacting on ASEAN landscapes, leveraging on the longitudinal data collected from field sites and at national level in Indonesia, Vietnam and Lao PDR over Phases I and II.


CIFOR in collaboration with the Vietnamese Academy of Forestry Sciences (VAFS) is organizing an ASFCC advanced writing workshop in Hanoi on 16-22 November 2017. The workshop objectives are: 1) to generate evidence on social forestry, climate change and development at national and sub-national levels that can support livelihood and forest resilience; and 2) to support capacity building, shared learning and networking among ASFCC country partners from Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam.
During the workshop participants will be encouraged to collaborate with each other in developing an extended paper outline and identifying potential co-authors of his/her article. The expected output from the workshop is an extended outline of paper/inforbrief for each participant. After the workshop, participants are expected, using the extended outline, to continue the writing process.

The participants of the workshop are ASFCC country partners (students, faculty members, researchers) who have been involved in the ASFCC research in Phase II and interested in using the AFSCC data to produce a scientific article.
Period16 Nov 201722 Nov 2017
Event typeWorkshop
LocationHanoi, Viet Nam
Degree of RecognitionInternational