At Harapan we plan to experimentally assess the success of active and passive forest restoration management at large scales. Success will be measured in terms of the cost efficiency with which biological diversity and ecosystem services develop.
Around Gola we are looking at the data from cocoa fieldwork to see how bird and mammal communities change with different land uses and cocoa intensities in a move towards forest and wildlife-friendly livelihood development.
Linked to the Gola REDD+ project in Sierra Leone we plan to continue with monitoring the project's effect, especially focusing on High Conservation Value species of mammals, birds and amphibians, while tree plot measurements will tell us the increase in biomass and stored carbon which occurs as protection allows forest regeneration.
In Gola Liberia, our research will help to understand the dynamics in bushmeat hunting and trade and to try to find alternatives in order to reduce poaching. Illegal Wildlife Trade is an increasing threat at Gola which we plan to tackle in future projects.