Journal article

Reflections on integrated research from community engagement in peatland restoration

A Fleming, S Agrawal, undefined Dinomika, Y Fransisca, L Graham, S Lestari, D Mendham, D O'Connell, B Paul, M Po, A Rawluk, N Sakuntaladewi, B Winarno, TW Yuwati



Community engagement and integrated research are key approaches to solving complex socio-ecological challenges. This paper describes the experience of bringing together a team of natural and social scientists from Australia and Indonesia in the ‘Gambut Kita’ (translated as ‘Our Peat’) project. Gambut Kita aims to produce new knowledge and support efforts to successfully, and equitably, restore Indonesia’s tropical peatlands and ensure that livelihoods can be maintained on restored (rewetted) landscapes. The paper focuses on experiences of using community engagement for integrated research. It discusses three community engagement approaches used in the project—resilience, adaptation pathways ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Project grant number: FST/2016/144 Improving community fire management and peatland restoration in Indonesia. Many thanks to the interview participants for their time and insights. Figure 1 was prepared by Visual Knowledge. This work was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.