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Using the Environmental Livelihoods Security (ELS) framework for developing climate-smart landscapes: a preliminary investigation for informing agricultural policy in the South Pacific

This project will identify how sustainable agriculture enables climate-resilient livelihood systems in multifunctional landscapes of the South Pacific. It will research how participatory processes inform landscape management in data-poor, geographically heterogeneous regions.
Across the Pacific islands, community isolation has made people depend on the environment, but climate change makes agriculture less viable and threatens people's livelihoods.
This project will use the Environmental Livelihood Security (ELS) framework (Biggs et al. 2015) to evaluate how multifunctional agricultural landscapes can be managed to make livelihoods sustainable and climate-resilient.
Small-scale farmers, community members, and regional stakeholders will learn how to use ELS for climate-smart management of agricultural landscapes.