‘Land is everything. Everything follows the land – whether livestock or infrastructure, they all require the land.’ - Participatory video participant from Kilambo Village, Tanzania
Many of the world’s poorest communities depend on the land for their livelihoods but understanding exactly how the environment influences their wellbeing goes beyond simplistic notions of income and material wellbeing. ESPA Fellow Nicole Gross Camp explains how a new approach could be used to explore this complex relationship and tests out a new tool with community-based forest management schemes in Tanzania.
Understanding the contribution of the environment to a community’s wellbeing is not a straightforward question. Traditionally wellbeing has been characterised using questionnaires with preconceived categories focusing largely on material or economic wellbeing - an important but not all encompassing indicator. The limitations of this emphasis are notable and perhaps exemplified in the case of... Read more