Village selection

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Initial listing of villages with census data, regional censuses (scarce, not up to date)
National maps, regional maps
Visits to municipalities, knowledge of partners
Check location of villages within or near the block

Criteria for selection:
Distance to the road – forest (in Nicaragua used interchangeably)
Partners’ recommendations based on accessibility and security
Previous knowledge and availability of data
No existence of conflicts
Quick and easy to get permits (with villages leaders)
Socioeconomic survey
8 communities
297 households, 158 forms (International Forestry Resources and Institutions [IFRI] and ISOP)
8 communities
298 households, 137 forms (IFRI and ISOP)
3-5 days per village
Rio Plátano (Sico)
9 communities
146 households, 82 forms (IFRI and ISOP)
Rio Blanco (Catacamas)
8 communities
104 households, 88 forms (IFRI and ISOP)
3-5 days per village
Collection of information – village level
Random selection of households, based on lists of households from leaders, and snowballing.
IFRI survey:
Mostly workshops, ideally at least 30 participants
Focal groups – smaller groups (particularly for users and products)
Key informants, leaders and teachers
Individual interviews (users and products)
People chosen in coordination with the leaders of the villages
As much as possible 50% men and 50% women
Type of villages
La Dalia
Village with a core area (church, school, major building) and houses around
Spread households
Village is set along the road
Rio Plátano
Spread households
Village is set along the road
Rio Blanco
Village is set along the road
Institutional mapping
For the implementation of institutional mapping, CIRAD, Nitlapán and CATIE-Honduras have developed a pluri-disciplinary approach within a team formed with agroeconomists, foresters, and sociologists. A Protocol for Institutional Mapping at the landscape scale, led by Sandrine Fréguin-Gresh (CIRAD), working with Universidad Centroamericana (UCA)-Nitlapán and CATIE-Honduras, has been developed and implemented.
Gender components
This project seeks to have more participation of women
Researchers not only consider farming activities but also household activities to plan interviews
Attention given to power relations

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