The effective management of human-dominated tropical forest landscapes is crucial in the wake of global environmental change affecting biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and the livelihoods of billions. To ensure success of such ecological management, it is essential that both planning as well as implementation is informed by long-term ecological knowledge rooted in robust scientific evidence. Examples of science-based ecological management are rare largely due to paucity of high-resolution past ecological modelling studies that are capable of producing tangible analogues and policy-relevant information on a multi-decadal timescale. To bridge this gap in the light of India’s National Agroforestry Policy (NAP) and its wider relevance to other tropical countries, we will harness the palaeoecological data from the recent past to provide guidelines for current-future ecological management of human-dominated tropical landscapes. Adopting innovative statistical approaches (e.g. REVEALS modelling, rarefaction and multivariate ordination) well-founded on palaeoecological science, we will examine the resilience of Indian agroforestry landscapes in relation to past landscape burning and climatic transitions to examine the efficacy of fires in forest management and its implications for the efficient implementation of NAP. This seminar will outline the conceptual framework and methodological approaches to examining the resilience of Indian agroforestry landscapes. Please register to attend on the Eventbrite link above.
Speakers: Pallavi Anand (OU); Shonil Bhagwat (OU); Walter Finsinger (CNRS, France); Charuta Kulkarni (OU)
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