Gabriel Hemery with one of his questions submitted to T20Q. Have you submitted yours?
Sylva CEO Dr Gabriel Hemery was interviewed about the global crowdsourcing project T20Q. The article by journalist Julie Mollins was published this week in the Global Landscapes Forum.
Here’s a short extract from the Q&A interview:
Q: What inspired the T20Q project?
A: At its heart, the inspiration is to get everyone with an interest in forestry and landscapes to contribute towards research and policy agendas. This will ensure that research undertaken — at whatever level — is relevant and policy development reflects perceived priorities. To use “buzz words”, this is referred to as a participatory process that supports evidence-based policymaking.
T20Q – Top 20 Questions for Forestry and Landscapes – is a project run by multiple partners. The website is hosted by the Sylva Foundation at: http://forestryevidence.com/t20q/
Take the T20Q survey
T20Q has been running less than a month and we are delighted that so many people have submitted such interesting questions. We have reached almost 1000 questions in three languages, but we are aiming much higher! Your voice deserves to be heard! So please submit your questions through the website. Click here
Here are a few questions that we received recently (to get you thinking):
- What is the potential of forests and trees to mitigate climate change if all opportunities of active management and substitution are included?
- How can we measure biodiversity (potential) with one or a few generic variables that are easily understandable and acceptable?
- How does urbanisation change the priorities and financial flows to landscapes?
- Why are forest plantations often seen as negative feature, while planting trees is seen as very positive activity?
- Which are the “missing middles” in policies related to landscapes, i.e. which areas of forestry/agriculture/other land uses are outside or only marginally covered by policy interventions?
- How effective is neoclassic economic theory and methods (including natural capital accounting) for realising stakeholder objectives for landscapes?
- Which development opportunities are lost, and to what magnitude, because siloed sectors and institutions miss out on combined solutions, e.g. across Sustainable Development Goals?
- To what extent will higher valuation of food (higher food prices) improve farming livelihoods and environmental sustainability and to what extent is there a tradeoff with food security?
T20Q – top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes is a project within the broader Evidence-Based Forestry (EBF) initiative, led by CIFOR and its partners.
T20Q is a global project that allows you to have your say about issues of importance.
Many believe that too few people are involved in setting research and policy agendas. T20Q is a vehicle for your voice.
From May to October 2014 we will be collecting your ideas in a variety of ways, including workshops, online surveys and social media.
Take the T20Q survey
The Top twenty Questions for Forestry & Landscapes or T20Q survey, now multilingual, has already attracted over 500 questions from respondents around the world.
The T20Q survey is seeking the input of anyone who has an interest in forestry, forest products & ecosystem services to suggest priority questions for research and policy that really do need attention, whether locally, regionally or on the world stage. The questions can be submitted through an online survey that is now available in French, Spanish and English.
CIFOR and its key partners are co-ordinating this global project to encourage conversations about some of the biggest problems facing the world today. Using this inclusive method to draw effectively on the knowledge, expertise and insights of the global community of researchers, practitioners and those with a love of forests will help broaden conversations and focus attention on the wide community of forestry.
Responses to the survey can be anonymous, but basic descriptive information provided by respondents will allow priorities to be reported at global, regional and national levels, and for particular communities of interest. So T20Q will also inform many levels and arenas of decision making.
As CIFOR said in a recent message to its networks of readers – “Nominate your priorities, and encourage your colleagues to nominate theirs, through the T20Q website. Follow the discussion on Twitter @Forestry_Q and via the hashtag #t20q.”
Top 20 Questions – take the survey
Launching to coincide with Forests Asia the global online survey is now live. Add your voice to the conversation about what is important in forestry and landscapes:
participate in the T20Q survey
T20Q – top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes – is a global project that allows everyone to have a say about issues of importance. The questions received from contributors will be used to suggest new research or policy agendas, reveal knowledge gaps, and open up areas for further discussions across disciplines. They will also help identify new topics for systematic reviews of the science in key areas of forestry and landscape management.
The survey builds on earlier work that identified forestry priorities through a participatory process and invited large numbers of people with an interest in forestry and integrated landscapes to suggest questions they felt had high priority for research and policy. As with earlier work, the T20Q process makes no prior assumptions about which topics are important. Questions will be collated according to their content and priorities will start to emerge as the conversation grows. The survey is primarily a vehicle for submitting questions online, but it will collect basic identifiers, such as age, gender, and stakeholder group, so that the topics suggested can be reported according to different regions, interest groups etc.
T20Q is a project within the broader Evidence-Based Forestry (EBF) initiative, led by CIFOR and its Partners. EBF is a “collaboration without walls” that aims to improve the quality and relevance of science and policy in forestry and landscape management. The Evidence-Based Forestry initiative is funded primarily by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through their KNOW-FOR grant to CIFOR. Read more
The homepage for the new T20Q project is www.forestryevidence.com/t20q You can also follow news about the T20Q project on Twitter @Forestry_Q
Launched today in Indonesian, T20Q or top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes, is a global project that allows everyone to have a say about issues of importance.
T20Q in Indonesian
selamat datang diT20Q
T20Q – dua puluh pertanyaan terpenting untuk kehutanan dan lanskap adalah proyek di dalam inisiatif yang lebih luas yaitu Kehutanan Berbasis Bukti (EBF), dipimpin oleh CIFOR dan para mitranya. T20Q adalah proyek global yang memungkinkan Anda untuk berbicara mengenai isu-isu penting. Banyak orang percaya bahwa terlalu sedikit yang terlibat dalam menetapkan agenda-agenda penelitian dan kebijakan. T20Q merupakan kendaraan untuk suara Anda. Dari bulan Mei sampai Oktober 2014 kami akan mengumpulkan ide-ide Anda dengan berbagai macam cara, termasuk lokakarya, survei daring (online = dalam jaringan) dan media social. Baca lebih jauh
Launched today in Spanish and French, T20Q or top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes, is a global project that allows everyone to have a say about issues of importance.
bienvenue à T20Q
T20Q – les vingt questions les plus importantes pour la foresterie et les paysages est un projet sous l’égide de l’initiative globale Foresterie Fondée sur des Preuves (‘Evidence-Based Forestry’ ou EBF) menée par le CIFOR et ses partenaires. T20Q est un projet mondial qui vous permet de donner votre avis sur des questions importantes. Nombreux sont ceux qui pensent que la définition des programmes de recherche et des orientations politiques n’implique pas assez de personnes. T20Q vous offre un canal d’expression. Entre mai et octobre 2014, nous allons recueillir vos idées de diverses manières, notamment par des ateliers, des enquêtes en ligne et les médias sociaux. En savoir plus
bienvenido a T20Q
T20Q veinte preguntas clave para la silvicultura y los paisajes es un proyecto que forma parte de la iniciativa Silvicultura Basada en la Evidencia (Evidence-Based Forestry, EBF), que dirigen el CIFOR y sus socios. T20Q es un proyecto mundial que le permite dar su opinión sobre temas de importancia. Muchos consideran que son muy pocas las personas que están involucradas en el establecimiento de agendas de investigación y políticas. T20Q constituye una forma de expresar su opinión.Desde mayo hasta octubre de 2014 recopilaremos sus ideas de varias maneras, como talleres, encuestas en línea y redes sociales. Lea más
T20Q – top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes
Launching to coincide with World Forestry Day is T20Q – top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes – a global project that allows everyone to have a say about issues of importance.
There is growing interest in widening public participation in environmental decision-making and an awareness of the importance of asking research questions which reflect real policy needs. Collecting scientific data is no longer performed only by professional scientists but embraces all sorts of people involved in citizen science projects. But what about the questions that inform those research projects or the issues that emerge as policy priorities? How easy is it to engage with those processes?
The Top Twenty Questions for Forestry and Landscapes (T20Q) is just such an exercise. It builds on earlier work that identified key forestry priorities through a participatory process and invited large numbers of people with an interest in forestry and integrated landscapes to suggest questions they felt had high priority for research and policy. We expect to receive thousands of questions from around the world, thanks to our partnership with several global partners (see below). Through a process of repeated discussion – both online and in workshops – these questions will be grouped into themes that emerge as the most commonly cited issues. The project is called ‘top twenty’, but this reflects only one of the outputs (namely a list of the top twenty questions) that will come out of discussions of the thousands of questions suggested.
T20Q is a project within the broader Evidence-Based Forestry (EBF) initiative, led by CIFOR and its Partners. EBF is a “collaboration without walls” that aims to improve the quality and relevance of science and policy in forestry and landscape management. Systematic reviews of evidence are the cornerstone of this initiative and a number of these have been underway for the last 12 months. Topics for these reviews were chosen by a panel of experts, but they want to hear what other people active in the field think are important topics. The Evidence-Based Forestry initiative is funded primarily by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through their KNOW-FOR grant to CIFOR. Read more
The questions received in T20Q will be used to determine what systematic reviews of evidence are needed within EBF, but will also be used for many other purposes – to suggest new research or policy agendas, reveal knowledge gaps, and open up areas for further discussions across disciplines.
The project will use an iterative internet survey approach, coupled with workshops, to determine what the priorities are for forestry and landscapes research and policy. It will also foster conversations between individuals and organisations with an interest in setting priorities for research, policy and ultimately practice.
The homepage for the new T20Q project is www.forestryevidence.com/t20q. You can also follow the project on Twitter @Forestry_Q