The SFSP partners have been developing their own social forestry research approach. It is mainly a “Research and Development” approach that includes components of participatory research and documentation, participatory technology development (PTD) and participatory action research (in its broadest sense).
The development of the social forestry research approach has been evolving in loops: the approach was tried out, reflected upon and tried out again with some improvements. These learning loops allow the approach to be consolidated and to achieve a more systematic application.
Therefore it is of great importance that SFSP partners maintain long-term relations with their field links and continue collaboration. It allows them to further grasp realities beyond initial findings and impressions.
A coming challenge for SFSP will be to find ways to integrate learning and research results from the field into the curricula of the universities.