INTEGRATED LANDSCAPE AND LIVELIHOOD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (IL2MS)
Forests in India are an integral part of the cultural life of its people, deliver many of the ecosystem services at the foundation of India’s economy, and support India’s status as one of the world’s mega-biodiversity countries. Almost 300 million Indians depend on forest resources for their livelihoods, including 87 million tribal people. Past deforestation has reduced India’s forest area and long years of unsustainable use have degraded India’s forest biomass and ecological functioning.
In light of these threats, natural resource managers are increasingly asked to work with diverse stakeholder groups that often hold competing values and objectives. These diverse goals must be negotiated and ultimately incorporated into natural resource management plans. Informed decision making is thus critical to meeting the demands of stakeholders and sustaining the forest ecosystem.
The Integrated Landscape and Livelihood Management System (IL2MS) is a collaborative project that leverages the power of two modelling approaches to understand complex interactions between social and ecological systems. IL2MS draws upon the strength of the Landscape Management System (LMS) to understand forest stand dynamics, and incorporates the Livelihood Management System to capture the causal relationships between forest dynamics and the activities of forest-dependent communities. Thus, IL2MS provides a new decision-making tool for policy makers dealing with the challenges of managing complex social-ecological systems.
IL2MS will conduct complex scenario analyses based on data inputs and outputs according to management and stakeholder objectives. It aims to provide a user-friendly interface that enables managers to input location-specific data and receive visual and tabular output that relate to a particular forest community. Additionally, through simulating potential scenarios, managers will be able to determine suitable strategies according to different temporal and spatial scales.
IL2MS aims to supports TetraTech and USAID’s Forest PLUS program. Forest-PLUS works closely with the Ministry of Environment and Forests in India, Indian forestry organizations, and other institutions to enable REDD+ as an aspect of India’s forest management. Current efforts to develop IL2MS aim to support a range of REDD+ goals, such as mitigation and adaptation to climate change, improving ecological and environmental services, and supporting biodiversity conservation plans and policies while maintaining local livelihoods.
To learn more about the program, please visit http://campuspress.yale.edu/chadoliver/il2ms/ or contact Dr. Alark Saxena (email@example.com).