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PEN workshop 2009 PEN: status and next steps Arild Angelsen PEN coordinator PEN is a large tropics-wide collection of detailed and high-quality data by (mainly) PhD students on the poverty-forest (environment) nexus, coordinated by CIFOR

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PEN workshop2009

PEN: status and next steps

Arild AngelsenPEN coordinator

pen is a
PEN is a
  • large
  • tropics-wide collection of
  • detailed and high-quality data by
  • (mainly) PhD students on the
  • poverty-forest (environment) nexus, coordinated by

Aim: most comprehensive (breath and depth) analysis of poverty-forest ever

what s really unique
What’s really unique?

Modus operandi

High quality data


Social capital

the pen project 2004 2011
The PEN project (2004-2011)

0. Planning and preparations: 2004-2006

  • Prototype questionnaire, guidelines, Access database
  • Three methods workshops (Bogor 04, Brisbane 05, Copenhagen 06)

1. Data collection: 2005-2008

  • Fieldwork & data collection
  • Funding applications secured the financial base (DFID, Danida, USAID, IFS + CIFOR core)

2. Analysis and dissemination: 2008-2011

  • Three workshops/conferences (Barcelona 08, Bogor 09, UK 10)
  • Creation of PEN global data set
  • Methods book
  • Data analysis and writing: cases, thematic & global
  • Synthesis publications (book or special issue of journal)
  • Dissemination and policy work
what have achieved scince bogor 2004
What have achieved scince Bogor 2004?

Did most what we planned

Did much more than planned

  • Questionnaire
  • # studies (38 vs. 20)
  • Guidlines and assistance provided
  • Adaprive co-management

Several PhDs completed

Some results produced and dissiminated

Half of the job is still ahead

some lessons
Some lessons

PEN is a maraton (7+ years)

  • Keep focus and motivation
  • People come and go

Good research takes time (TTT)

  • ”No shortcuts to progress”
  • Attention to details
  • Time needed for data cleaning and management is commonly underestimated
a chain is only as strong as its weakest link
… a chain is only as strong as its weakest link …

There are plenty of opportunities to mess up things


We have done the data collection

….We are cleaning the 294 150 questionnaire pages to manage them in a data set of 17 348 734 data cells

….We then have to extract the good stories and tell them load and clearly

  • Livelihoods: forests role as supporting current consumption, safety net, and pathway out of poverty What is the
  • Forest tenure, joint/communal/local forest management, decentralization
  • Markets: local integration and functioning of markets
  • Poverty impacts of deforestation and land use changes
  • Payment for forest environmental services, including tourism
  • Climate ??

There are a lot of exciting stories and good research to be done

(some which goes well beyond the forest-poverty debate)

publications and dissemination
Publications and dissemination

Some central management of key outputs, then AA

Science article

Special issue journal and book(s)?

Regional synthesis

Thematic work

this workshop
This workshop

PEN business

Field stories –> global analysis

Writing ( = research)

pen songs
PEN songs

2005: “You’ll never walk alone”

2006: YMCA

Young man, are you listening to me?I said, young man, what do you want to be?I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.But you got to know this one thing!

No man does it all by himself

2008: The PEN song:

This is the survey that never ends

fix you coldplay
”Fix You” (Coldplay)

When you try your best but you don't succeedWhen you get what you want but not what you needWhen you feel so tired but you can't sleep Stuck in reverse.And the tears come streaming down your face When you lose something you can't replace When you love someone but it goes to waste Could it be worse?Lights will guide you home And ignite your bonesAnd I will try to fix you