Could deforestation be a result of the way we reforest?
My research interest in environmental issues started during my master’s in anthropology at JGU Mainz, during which I conducted fieldwork in the Philippines. Collaborating with an environmental NGO, I walked through the dense tropical forests trying to understand why confiscating chainsaws is a kind of environmental activism that balances social and ecological challenges. I specifically focused on the personal motivation of environmentalists who dealt with illegal loggers, death threats, and family obligations. Motivated by ongoing forest loss and its socio-ecological impact, I hope to face this environmental crisis in a forward-looking, constructive way through my project.
Rethinking Reforestation? Native Species, New Forests, and the Potential of Sustainable Economies in the Philippine Uplands
Planting native species has the potential to transform forest practices. But how can alliances be built between science, governments, and communities to establish sustainable reforestation sites?