Investigation of the socioeconomic and ecological trade-offs of local rural economies in Jambi
1.What are the differences in socioeconomic and ecological trade-offs between an oil palm dominated and a rubber dominated local rural economy?
2.What are the differences in socioeconomic and ecological trade-offs between a RSPO certified and a non-certified economy?
3.What are the differences in socioeconomic and ecological trade-offs between a small-scale dominated and a large-scale dominated local rural economy?
While plot- and farm-level analyses have improved our understanding of socio-economic and ecological trade-offs and synergies, an analysis of these relationships at a higher scale is required to design policies to improve the sustainability of tropical transformation systems. The proposed project has two objectives: 1) to develop a comprehensive accounting framework to aggregate, synthesize, and link existing and future EFForTS data on socio-economic and ecosystem functions at the level of a local rural economy, and 2) to evaluate the effects of land-use change scenarios and policies (e.g. certifications schemes, land management regulations) on ecological and socio-economic functions and on the trade-offs between them.
Household and plantation data will be aggregated to an Envionmental Social Accounting Matrix (ESAM). Comparisons across ESAMs will be used to identify differences in the socioeconomic and ecological trade-offs.