The Kodagu Game – Interactive models for Conservation Policy Development and Testing
Presented by Coffee production in the Western Ghats takes place under a shade canopy. This canopy is traditionally very diverse in tree species, resulting in an agroforestry system with a high biodiversity and conservation value. In order to harvest a tree, farmers have to obtain a permit from the Forest Department. This frustrates farmers, they like to manage their own farm without all the bureaucracy and hustle. Therefore the request was made to abolish the policy. The Forest Department is reluctant to change, fearing a loss of tree cover in the landscape. In order to understand the impact of a policy change, we’ll become coffee farmers. We’ll manage the shade of our estate, sell our coffee and timber, buy inputs and influence, and try to make ends meet. Will the management of a coffee estate change once the policy regarding the cutting of trees is retracted? And what will be the effect on the landscape?
Main aims and goal:This workshop aims to make participants familiar with involving local stakeholders in complex issues related to natural resource management. The workshop will be a fun example of how interactive models can be constructed using local inputs, and how these models can serve as tools for gathering scientific data, as well as providing valuable take home messages for policy makers. Target audience:Anyone with an open mind and eager to get closer to fresh ideas, and who’s interested in bottom up approaches for developing natural resource management alternatives and/or conflict resolutions.
Workshop organisers:Swen Bos