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Beyond the Community in Village Forest Management: A Governance Network Perspective
Rachel Friedman

Beyond the Community in Village Forest Management: A Governance Network Perspective

Event date: 8 February 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event type: Seminar
Venue: ASE 3D Viz Laboratory Room (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Rachel Friedman
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Rachel is a PhD candidate in the School of Biological Sciences and the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decision-making (CEED) at the University of Queensland. Her research interests are broadly on the connections between biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being within production (agricultural and forestry) landscapes, and the process and outcomes of land management decisions. Previously, she has worked on issues related to climate change, agriculture, and sustainable development policy and practice. She is currently supervised by Professor Kerrie Wilson, Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes, and Dr. Elizabeth Law.


Community-based forest management, while provoking images of local and grassroots efforts, often involves a suite of organisations outside of communities working toward both social and ecological objectives. In Indonesia, the government has adopted a social forestry policy, seeking to promote both conservation and community access to production and protection forests. This talk will highlight a case study of community-based forest management in Indonesian Borneo, applying social network analysis to better understand the roles and relationships of different actors in carrying out Indonesia's social forestry policy. We examined how government, NGOs, donors, and private companies interact through information exchange, resource provision, and collaborative and coordinated activities, as well as, their involvement at the village level. The findings suggest lessons relevant to Indonesia's accelerated policy implementation and the expanding decentralised forest policies in other southeast Asian countries.

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Seminar by Donna Shillington
Donna Shillington

Seminar by Donna Shillington

Event date: 12 February 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event type: Seminar
Venue: To be confirmed
Speaker: Donna Shillington
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Stethoscope for the rainforests: Reimagining tropical forest conservation & ecology by using sound
Dr. Zuzana Burivalova

Stethoscope for the rainforests: Reimagining tropical forest conservation & ecology by using sound

Event date: 15 February 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event type: Seminar
Venue: ASE 3D Viz Laboratory Room (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Dr. Zuzana Burivalova
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I am a NatureNet Science Fellow, with Princeton University and The Nature Conservancy, and I will be joining the University of Wisconsin Madison as an assistant professor in the departments of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, in Autumn 2019. I am an ecologist and conservation scientist, working on biodiversity conservation in tropical forests, including in Indonesia. I also work with the environmental news organization Mongabay.com on a conservation effectiveness platform for tropical forests. I received my B.A. in Biological Sciences at Oxford University, MSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva and completed a PhD in tropical forest conservation and ecology at ETH Zurich.


One of the foremost challenges we face in conservation is understanding how effective different conservation strategies are. Such effectiveness, especially in terms of biodiversity conservation, can be very difficult to measure, time consuming, and prone to many different biases. Bioacoustics, and specifically the recording and analysis of entire soundscapes, could be a suitable tool for monitoring animal biodiversity in the conservation areas as well as sustainably managed forests. I will show three examples of bioacoustics projects from tropical forests in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, to illustrate the potential as well as the limitations of this new, promising conservation technology.

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Integrating Global Remote Sensing and Modeling Systems for Local Flood Prediction and Impact Assessment
Dr. Albert Kettner

Integrating Global Remote Sensing and Modeling Systems for Local Flood Prediction and Impact Assessment

Event date: 19 February 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event type: Seminar
Venue: ASE 3D Viz Laboratory Room (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Dr. Albert Kettner
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Dr. Kettner received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering & Geosciences (2007) at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands where he studied local and global fluvial supply dynamics to the coastal zone. With numerical models he investigates the impact of long-term climate and sea-level controls on riverine water and sediment fluxes and how these fluxes change over time. On shorter timescales, Kettner focuses on anthropogenic changes (e.g. altering of land use and placement of reservoirs) and how these impact water discharge and sediment flux.

Dr. Kettner has been from the start (2006) intimitly involved in a numerical modeling facility, Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) at the University of Colorado, USA, which is the numerical modeling center supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. He is an active advocate of free available, open source code of numerical models for Earth Surface processes and as such responsible for the various CSDMS repositories.

He has been involved in DFO – Flood Observatory since 2011, currently housed at the Univerity of Colorado and is since 2018 the Director. DFO observes surface water changes by ulitizing satellite data. For DFO he designs and implements GIS frameworks to automate free available DFO product distribution for e.g. global flood inundation maps, and remotely sensed water gauging stations.


Flooding occurs on all continents and impacts over half a billion people every year worldwide. This is more than any other natural hazard and may increase to two billion by 2050. Occurring both in developed, as well as less developed countries, flooding is the most common hazard worldwide. Over the last decade, floods caused circa 100,000 fatalities with an additional 1.4 billion people directly affected and contributes to a global-average annual loss of US$104 billion. While some events are more seasonal – so easier to anticipate for, large floods tend to be more episodic which makes flooding difficult to predict. And although flooding can be very impactful for communities and countries, there hasn’t been a global effort to identify and determine global flood risk areas.

Furthermore, due to lack of objective knowledge of the impact of flooding after the fact, first relief agency assistance is often constrained and therefore less effective. However, these humanitarian catastrophes could be reduced with better transformation of existing observational and modeling technologies into information useful to local populations and decision makers. Most hydrological observational and modeling capabilities are global or regional, but products and services offered need to be local. First aid agencies require information at an order of magnitude finer spatial scales (for example for urban flooding) than what is typically available, e.g. flood maps that show affected regions.

Here I present new efforts to produce a state-of-the-art, globally-scoped, flood prediction, monitoring capabilities and risk evaluations platform that is interactive and includes high resolution flood information to better serve local needs. The platform builds upon already operational or quasi-operational NASA-supported global flood systems, including the DFO - Flood Observatory satellite-based hydrological gauging stations, UMD Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS) and have these integrated with the European Commission’s GloFAS, and SAR-based high-resolution flood mapping. This all with the intension to have these data layers (flood forecasting, flood extent, and flood history) available to everybody.

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Seminar by Ray Weldon
Ray Weldon

Seminar by Ray Weldon

Event date: 22 February 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event type: Seminar
Venue: To be confirmed
Speaker: Ray Weldon
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Seminar by Anny Cazenave
Anny Cazenave

Seminar by Anny Cazenave

Event date: 26 February 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event type: Seminar
Venue: To be confirmed
Speaker: Anny Cazenave
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