Since 1994, ASB has been working at benchmark sites across the tropics to build understanding on the tradeoffs and relationships between land use and livelihoods. ASB research quantifies the environmental consequences resulting from different land uses and assessed how these consequences can be mitigated with appropriate technological, policy and institutional changes. Central to the research is an analysis of tradeoffs among the different environmental, economic and social objectives. Some of our past research activities are highlighted here.
Review of REDD methodologies (2008 - 2009)
In order to support the implementation of reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in developing countries, ASB participated in a global review of methodologies. This project included a global survey of REDD projects and readiness activities.
Scenarios Project (2004 - 2007)
ASB developed and trained partners to use decision-making tools that could help them assess future uncertainties and workable responses to different possible futures
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2002-2004)
ASB contributed to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment with a cross-cutting assessment of "Forest and Agroecosystem Tradeoffs in the Tropics".
The Functional Value of Biodiversity ( 2001 - 2003)
ASB Working Groups (1996 - 2000)
Related Publications: ASB Phase II Reports (2005)
The research program implemented during ASB Phase II (1996-2003) aimed to better understand how national governments, national and international research organizations, and donor agencies can balance global environmental objectives with economic development and poverty reduction. Summary reports from the ASB benchmark sites can be downloaded here (PDF format).