Posted on | August 18, 2011 | Comments Off
Wendy Miles, a Mānoa doctoral student, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Indonesia. She will live and conduct research in Indonesia through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
“The goal of my year in Indonesia will be to understand the perspectives of Indonesian people personally involved in and impacted by the evolving global carbon market—particularly local people whose livelihoods depend on the rainforests being set aside for carbon sequestration,” says Miles. “The ultimate aim of my research project is to document these people’s experiences so their voices can be added to global discussions on how rainforest conservation and climate change mitigation strategies can be improved in the future.”
Indonesia is estimated to be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States. Unlike the U.S. and China, whose gases come largely from industry and fossil fuel burning, Indonesia’s emissions are primarily the result of deforestation and forest fires. Indonesia is also ranked extremely high in terms of biodiversity—second to only Brazil—making it an international conservation priority.
Miles has a background in forest ecology, environmental conservation, political economy, strategic planning and management.