Fraser Sugden, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, a MARIS partner, participated as a panellist at the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, in a session entitled Managing Migration and Remittances for Environmentally Sustainable and Socially Responsive Landscapes, organised by MARIS knowledge partner CIFOR. The session was oriented around the questions of the impact of out-migration on natural resource management in fragile agro-ecological systems, and the potential for migrant’s skills, knowledge or remittances to be harnessed to contribute to sustainable landscape restoration. Fraser presented recent research from East Africa and Nepal, alongside case studies from South and Central America. The Global Landscapes Forum is an annual event attended by representatives from government, international agencies, indigenous organisations and the private sector to share experiences on moving from commitment to action towards sustainable landscapes.
The full paper, “Youth Out-migration and Opportunities for Periurban Agriculture: Lessons from China and Nepal”, can be read here.