Land-use change and forestry programmes: Mapping evidence on effects on greenhouse gas emissions and human welfare outcomes

Speaker: Birte Snilstveit and Jennifer Stevenson 
Venue: LIDC Upper Meeting Room (103)
Time: 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Date: 23 November 2016

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Effective management of agricultural and forest lands is critical for climate change mitigation, global food security and efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. On the one hand forest degradation, deforestation and agricultural production contributes around a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At the same time billions of people rely on agriculture and forests for their livelihoods. There is an urgent need to identify programmes which effectively reduce emissions while avoiding negative effects on food security and other human wellbeing outcomes.

This seminar marks the launch of an evidence gap map (EGM) of the evidence on effects of land-use change and forestry programmes on greenhouse gas emissions and human wellbeing outcomes. EGMs map existing evidence and identify gaps where little or no evidence from impact evaluations and systematic reviews is available. In doing so they can inform a strategic approach to building the evidence base in a particular sector. They can also help facilitate the use of the best existing evidence by allowing users to explore the findings and quality of existing systematic reviews, with links to user friendly summaries of all studies.


Birte Snilstveit is a Senior Evaluation Specialist at the Synthesis and Reviews Office of 3ie. She manages systematic reviews commissioned by 3ie and other donors, provides quality assurance of systematic reviews and conducts in-house systematic review research and methods development. She is the lead author of a major systematic review on education and a co-author of systematic reviews and evidence gap maps on a range of topics, including WASH, social cohesion, productive safety nets and land use change and forestry.

Jennifer Stevenson is a Research Associate on 3ie's Synthesis and Reviews Office. She coordinates the 3ie database of systematic review summaries and is involved in a number of in-house research projects. She is an author of 3ie’s systematic review on education and several evidence gap maps, including on productive safety nets, education and land use change and forestry. She is currently leading 3ie’s work on an evidence gap map on RMNCAH in collaboration with WHO.

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