Friday, April 25, 2014

Pinchot receives 2014 Global Spotlight grant

ariel pinchot.jpgCongratulations to Ariel Pinchot (MDP '13) on winning a 2014 Global Spotlight grant for MA, Professional, and Doctoral International Grants (pre-oral exam). Ariel is currently a Master's student in Natural Resource Management at the College of Food, Agriculture & Natural Resource Sciences.

The Global Spotlight grants support current University of Minnesota Master's, Professional, and Doctoral students pursuing a program of study with an international focus from academic units throughout the University of Minnesota system.

The following is a description of Ariel's research initiative:

Investigating a community forest enterprise approach for sustainable livelihoods in central Vietnam.

Forests resources are an important component of the livelihood and food security strategies for over a quarter of Vietnam's total population. For these forest dependent people, recent shifts in forest and land management policies have improved forest rights, offering new opportunities to manage forest ecosystems for local livelihood benefits. The country has also undergone widespread economic transitions that are creating a more conducive environment for small private enterprise development. Given these and other changing national contexts, there is growing potential for a community-based forest enterprise approach for rural livelihood development. As demonstrated in other countries, community-based forest enterprises provide a means through which forest users can generate diversified income, employment, and social benefits while improving conditions of local forests. This research will assess the viability of this approach for local forest users in Vietnam by exploring the legal, institutional, regulatory, ecological, market, social, and cultural contexts for forest enterprise development in communities in Quang Nam and Thua Tien Hue provinces. The findings will inform the efforts of the collaborating organization - the Consultative & Research Center for Natural Resource Management based in Hue, Vietnam - in facilitating the establishment of community-based forest enterprises with partner communities, with an initial focus on palm products and environmental services.

The GPS Alliance is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Global Spotlight grants for international scholarly activities. This program supports targeted research and other scholarly initiatives related to the spotlight areas for 2012-14: the region of South Asia and the issue of Global Food Security. More than $700,000 has been awarded to University of Minnesota faculty and graduate students through four grant programs that fund innovative research and support the continued development of a global network of engagement and scholarship across the University.

Previously published in Global Notes.

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