UNHAS team with Amanda Lindsay (photo A Lindsay)

From El Nido to Selayar for Bio-LEWIE

In early September, Professor Jim Sanchirico and PhD student Amanda Lindsay began training workshops with Hasanuddin University in Makassar (UNHAS) faculty and students, commencing the Indonesian side of CCRES’s Bio-LEWIE project. This project aims to develop the Bio-LEWIE model that helps explain how the values associated with ecosystem services are generated in an economy.

Jim says “Bio-LEWIE model arose from an understanding that valuing the provision of coral reef and mangrove ecosystem services requires modeling how the livelihoods that are dependent on these services are connected to the local economy, and vice versa.”

The goal of the workshops was to introduce UNHAS faculty and students to the Bio-LEWIE modeling framework, survey methodology, and fieldwork research design.

The Bio-LEWIE project is established in El Nido, Philippines where the research team created a portfolio of household, business and tourism surveys and used the data collected to inform development of the model. The team is now bringing their learnings from El Nido to Selayar (Indonesia).

“We have learned about the survey and the types of questions that work but needed the advice of our local partners to make sure we get the data we need in Selayar,” says Jim.

As a consequence, at the workshop in Selayar, they spent time working through the different parts of the survey with the UNHAS team of enumerators to tailor the questions to the local context. There were language barriers; however, Jim says “luckily for us the UNHAS faculty and enumerators were very understanding and provided translation for those in the room who are more comfortable with Bahasa”.

“We had a very good reaction from the workshop,” says Jim.

“Speaking for myself, the highlight was working with so many great people from UNHAS who are passionate about improving conservation and livelihoods of the local communities”.