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Pilot-testing the up-scaled forestry module and sourcebook for the LSMS-ISA Indonesia

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This report presents the methods used, key results, and recommendations coming from the first of three rounds of field-based pilot-testing of a prototype forestry module and sourcebook. This first pilot was conducted in Indonesia; the others were carried out in Tanzania and Nepal. The forestry module and sourcebook were designed by a steering group from a collaborative project that includes the FAO, CIFOR, IFRI, PROFOR, and the World Bank's Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) group. The forestry module was designed, inter-alia, for up-scaled uses in integrated household welfare assessment surveys, in conjunction with the World Bank LSMS surveys (or similar kinds of nationally representative surveys). Alternatively, the tool could also be used as a stand-alone survey, i.e. to measure the contribution of forests and wild products to the household economy, as well as a number of other factors affecting the associated benefits of forests to household welfare. This is part of a broader body of work that aims to mainstream the collection of national-scale data on the contribution of the forestry sector to household welfare and, eventually, national income. The intention is to strengthen the evidence base that will inform improved policy and practice recognizing the importance of forests and ultimately leads to poverty reduction.

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