Improving the triple bottom line returns from smallholder tree farms in the Philippines: A systems approach

Herbohn, John, Harrison, Steve, Mangaoang, Eduardo, Gregorio, Nestor, Cedamon, Edwin, Russell, Iean and Vanclay, Jerry (2007). Improving the triple bottom line returns from smallholder tree farms in the Philippines: A systems approach. In: S. R. Harrison, A. Bosch and J. L. Herbohn, Improving the Triple Bottom Line Returns from Small-scale Forestry, Proceedings from an International Conference. Improving the Triple Bottom Line Returns from Small-scale Forestry, Ormoc, the Philippines, (205-214). 18-21 June, 2007.

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Author Herbohn, John
Harrison, Steve
Mangaoang, Eduardo
Gregorio, Nestor
Cedamon, Edwin
Russell, Iean
Vanclay, Jerry
Title of paper Improving the triple bottom line returns from smallholder tree farms in the Philippines: A systems approach
Conference name Improving the Triple Bottom Line Returns from Small-scale Forestry
Conference location Ormoc, the Philippines
Conference dates 18-21 June, 2007
Proceedings title Improving the Triple Bottom Line Returns from Small-scale Forestry, Proceedings from an International Conference
Place of Publication Gatton, Qld
Publisher The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor S. R. Harrison
A. Bosch
J. L. Herbohn
Volume 1
Start page 205
End page 214
Total pages 10
Collection year 2007
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper outlines the application of Systems Thinking in investigating ways to improve the returns to smallholder tree farmers in the Philippines. The paper illustrates how a systems approach was used in the conceptualisation of the project and how systems thinking facilitated a shared understanding of the how each individual’s research contributed to the broader project activities. Systems Thinking has also been used in the design and implementation of various project activities. Three examples are provided. The first example illustrates how a systems diagram was developed which outlined the direct and indirect linkages between biophysical data on tree farms and various activities designed to increase returns. The second example illustrates how the suggested approach for improving the flow of information concerning tree registration, harvest and transportation regulations and approval mechanisms link with various project activities and have been informed by a series of action research workshops. The third example illustrates how systems thinking has also been applied to understand the factors affecting the production of high quality tree seedlings and to investigate the effect of policy interventions on improving the quality of seedlings available to smallholders.
Subjects 300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences
Keyword systems thinking
tree farmers
smallholdings
Philippines
References Bosch, O., King, C., Herbohn, J., Smith, C., and Russell, I. (in press), ‘Getting the big picture in natural resource management − Systems Thinking as a ‘method’ for scientists, policy makers and managers’, Systems Research and Behavioral Sciences, invited paper for Special Issue. Emtage, N. (2004), An Investigation of the Social and Economic Factors Affecting the Development of Small-scale Forestry in Leyte Province, the Philippines, PhD thesis, School of Natural and Rural Systems Management, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. Gregorio, N. (2006). Improving the Effectiveness of the Forest Nursery Industry in Leyte Province, the Philippines, PhD thesis submitted and accepted in the School of Natural and Rural Sciences at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Herbohn, J.L., Harrison, S.R., Vanclay, J, and Wardell-Johnson, G. (2005), ‘Designing a strategy to sample tree farms on Leyte’, in J. Suh, S.R. Harrison, J.L. Herbohn, E.O. Mangaoang and J. Vanclay (eds), ACIAR Smallholder Forestry Project, ASEM/2003/052, Improving Financial Returns to Smallholder Tree Farmer in the Philippines, Proceedings from the Planning Workshop held in Ormoc City, the Philippines, 15−17 February 2005, pp. 203−210.
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