A scoping award would enable UK experts and local partners to discuss in detail the feasibility of undertaking each of the following areas, and plan and design appropriate conservation measures:
1. Supporting communities in undertaking baseline biodiversity, carbon and socio-economic studies and establishing a community-based forest conservation project that meets Plan Vivo standards.
2. Developing ecosystem-based adaptation mechanisms, i.e. forest-based economic activities that enable local communities and ecosystems to adapt to climate change and avoid unsustainable extraction of forest resources.
3. Improving productivity of land-use systems through adoption of sustainable land management practices such as agroforestry, conservation agriculture and woodlots, to reduce pressure on the forest.
4. Training local communities in species monitoring and forest conservation.
5. Assisting communities with the development and implementation of conservation plans to build on the biodiversity studies undertaken through the RAPs.
6. Enhancing community-based organisational leadership, governance and institutional capacities for biodiversity conservation.
7. Studying the relationship between forest diversity and carbon pools within changing climate conditions.