Research Projects

Research Projects

Engov staff engage in many research projects on environmental governance. The current main projects are:

On biodiversity and protected areas:

Man and forests – an evaluation of management strategies for reduced deforestation and forest degradation

  • The primary objective of the project is to evaluate different management strategies to obtain reduced deforestation in tropical forests and hence maintain the various ecosystem services delivered.

Improving the governance and economics of protected areas, ecosystem services and poverty eradication through HEI capacity-building and trans-disciplinary research

  • The project’s goal is to establish a Southern African community of practice in pro-poor natural resource governance, education, research and application in regional higher education institutions.

The Economics and Land-Use Conflicts of Sámi Reindeer Herding in Finnmark: Exploring the Alternatives

  • This project is focusing on both the economics and land-use conflicts of reindeer herding in Finnmark. It proposes an interdisciplinary analysis of the reindeer sector based on a political ecology.

Forest and Soil Restoration and Land Use Change Impacts on Carbon Pools an Fluxes in the Himalaya: Research and capacity building in Nepal

  • The project aims at analyzing effects of forest restoration and alternative land uses on forest and soil carbon pools, fluxes and sequestration. The research will explore the potentials for supporting climate change adaptive strategies of rural communities in Nepal.
UVUVI Coastal Fisheries in Tanzania: the challenges of globalisation to resource management, livelihoods and governance

  • UVUVI focuses on interdisciplinary research questions related to coastal fisheries resource management, incorporating a conceptual framework and an analytical approach of linked social-ecological resilience and vulnerability.

Flows and Practices: The Politics of Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa 

  • This research seeks to link ideas of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as constructed at the European and global levels to their translation into narratives and practices in eastern and southern Africa

POVSUS Poverty and sustainable development impacts of REDD architecture: options for equity, growth and the environment

  • The background for the project is the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative, launched at Bali in December 2007. The idea behind this initiative is to pay countries in the south to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

Learning from REDD: A Global Comparative Analysis

  • The background for the project is the process in Tanzania to establish programs for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. There are a range of concerns associated with the implementation of REDD projects.

Environmental policy and human action

  • The background for this project is the observation that human motivation may vary between institutional contexts. Formulating environmental policies demand good insights into this relationship. While economic incentives may be effective in some situations, they may ‘crowd out’ normative motivations in situations where action is more motivated by what is ‘right’ than what ‘pays’.

Independent Projects:

Completed projects:

ATREE Conservation of Biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources

  • The vision of this programme is to “integrate research and educational programmes to produce a new generation of global scientists who are able to address emerging, complex global problems within a multidimensional framework in a poly-cultural world”

PAPIA Protected Areas and Poverty in Africa

  • PAPIA focuses on protected areas in Africa (Uganda and Tanzania), which, in relation to poverty, generate much controversy, and there is a need of critical contributions from independent researchers.

EKOSIASA The political ecology of wildlife and forest governance in Tanzania

  • EKOSIASA seeks to contribute to improved governance of wildlife and forest resources in Tanzania through applied research and capacity building in political ecology.