Tahia Devisscher

Tahia Devisscher
University of British Columbia - Vancouver | UBC · Department of Forest Resources Management

PhD

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Introduction
My research is on different nature-based approaches to build resilience to climate change. For the past 15 years I have studied how people and forests interact, and ways to strengthen a reciprocal relationship that can enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation. For this I combine ecology, social and geospatial sciences, and use both quantitative and qualitative methods. My journey as a researcher started in the tropical forests of the world; I am now also studying urban landscapes.
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - September 2020
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2017 - September 2018
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2012 - February 2016
University of Oxford
Position
  • PhD

Publications

Publications (35)
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Urban forest fragments are highly multifunctional and provide many ecosystem services to people. However, the expansion and densification of cities is threatening this particular type of urban forest, resulting in further fragmentation, degradation and a change in forest function. Understanding how urbanization affects urban forests fragments and t...
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Cities in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region and around the world are setting long-term greening goals that include planting more trees and increasing tree-canopy cover. Research on LAC cities has mainly focused on biodiversity and vegetation, with little understanding of the mechanisms underlying the decisions through which stakeholders...
Technical Report
The term Urban green care refers to Green Care activities that take place in urban and peri-urban areas. Therefore, Urban green care includes a wide variety of initiatives, form physical and mental health promotion to social inclusion. Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Urban green care initiatives across Europe seem positive th...
Technical Report
During the last 10 years forest-based care practices have gained a lot of attention, especially in healthcare and public health research. Increasing scientific research is demonstrating the benefits of forest-based care on physical and mental health, and in particular in the treatment of anxiety and depression. While the diversity of forest-based c...
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Wildfires have increased in protected areas (PAs) of the Colombian Amazon following the 2016 peace agreement between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia (FARC—Spanish acronym). Recent study efforts to understand this issue suffer from data scarcity and limited consultation of local stakeholder perspectives on factors affec...
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Planning and managing urban forests for livable cities remains a challenge worldwide owing to sparse information on the spatial distribution, structure and composition of urban trees and forests. National and municipal sources of tree inventory remain limited due to a lack of detailed, consistent and frequent inventory assessments. Despite advancem...
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Forests around the world are experiencing the cumulative effects of rapid social and environmental change. Building resilience in the forestry sector has thus become of major importance in many countries, including Canada. While British Columbia (BC) generates the highest revenue from the forestry sector in Canada, the planning and management of fo...
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Research on urban forests has expanded in the last 30 years in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Nonetheless, urban forestry has been explored to much less extent in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, despite being one of the most urbanized and biodiverse regions in the world. We address this gap by providing a baseline understanding...
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Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People - edited by Pia Katila December 2019
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Large-scale urban afforestation projects are increasingly used as a way to enhance urban sustainability. Governance of such projects is challenging yet few studies have examined this topic. Between 2012 and 2015, Beijing City implemented the One Million-Mu (666 km2) Plain Afforestation Project, which has led to over 50 million trees being planted i...
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Renewable energy is expected to gain a larger share in the Indonesian energy mix by 2025. Biogas has not only the potential to contribute significantly to the country's renewable energy targets by mid-century, but also to provide a series of co-benefits to improve wellbeing of vulnerable rural communities. The challenge is to find pathways for biog...
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Criteria and indicator (C&I) frameworks are frequently used for assessing sustainable forest management. Despite their suitability to assess performance, less attention is given to translating them into strategic forest management planning processes and practices that are of cross-cultural compatibility. Such compatibility is particularly relevant...
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Criteria and indicator (C&I) frameworks are frequently used for assessing sustainable forest management. Despite their suitability to assess performance, less attention is given to translating them into strategic forest management planning processes and practices that are of cross-cultural compatibility. Such compatibility is particularly relevant...
Conference Paper
Urban areas face several challenges, including intensified urbanization, a deteriorating natural environment, increasing climate-related risks, and new demands for participatory governance processes. Nature-based solutions, such as creating new greenspaces and planting more urban trees, have been proposed to help cities address many of these challe...
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Wildfires are increasingly affecting forest landscapes around the world. In the Bolivian Chiquitania, southern Amazonia, large wildfires during recent droughts have intensified public debate around more systemic solutions to address the possible root causes. While the integration of different forms of fire knowledge is gaining acceptance as an appr...
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During the first half of the 21st century, socioeconomic development is expected to contribute faster and to a greater extent to global water stress than climate change. Consequently, we aimed to identify conditions that can facilitate local adaptation planning for future water security, accounting for the socio-institutional context, developmental...
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Understanding complex social-ecological systems, and anticipating how they may respond to rapid change, requires an approach that incorporates environmental, social, economic, and policy factors, usually in a context of fragmented data availability. We employed fuzzy cognitive mapping (FCM) to integrate these factors in the assessment of future wil...
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Wildfires are becoming increasingly dominant in tropical landscapes due to reinforcing feedbacks between land cover change and more severe dry conditions. This study focused on the Bolivian Chiquitania, a region located at the southern edge of Amazonia. The extensive, unique and well-conserved tropical dry forest in this region is susceptible to wi...
Technical Report
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Resilience and Adaptation Planning for Communities in Protected Areas provides the practical tools needed to effectively engage with communities living in, and around, PAs regarding appropriate strategies to deal with the negative impacts of climate change. This manual outlines a practical and pragmatic community-based resilience and adaptation pla...
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This paper describes a participatory and collaborative process for formalising qualitative data, using research from southeast Cameroon, how these results can provide input to an social simulation model, and what insights they can provide in better understanding decision-making in the region. Knowledge Elicitation Tools (KnETs) have been used to su...
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This document is designed to help researchers, practioners and all those interested in assessing the extent and scope of local people vulnerability to climate change, the responses they currently oppose and how efficient they are. Vulnerability has been studied through the lenses of different dimensions: system and exposure units, dynamic processes...
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Between 2011 and 2012, a regional baseline assessment to analyse vulnerability was conducted in five landscapes of the Congo Basin as part of the ‘Climate Change and Forests in the Congo Basin: Synergies between Adaptation and Mitigation (COBAM)’ project. This briefing note summarises the results for the Tri-National de la Sangha (TNS) landscape. S...
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The lack of effective communication about climate risk has contributed to improper interpretation of scientific findings pertaining to climate change and to poor mobilization of vulnerable groups for developing appropriate response actions. This article describes communication efforts undertaken in Ghana, India, Malawi, and Mongolia to develop and...
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Pressure on land resources has increased during recent years despite international goals to improve their management. The fourth Global Environment Outlook (UNEP) highlighted the unprecedented land-use changes created by a burgeoning population, economic development and global markets. The outcome of those drivers continues to cause resource deplet...
Book
This book is a result of five years of work funded by the Netherlands Climate Assistance Program (NCAP). The focus of the program was to understand the challenges posed by climate change and climate variability on vulnerable groups and the policies needed to support climate adaptation in developing countries. The aim of the book is to share this ex...
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The UNEP Year Book 2009 presents work in progress on the scientific understanding of global environmental change, as well as issues on the horizon. It aims to raise awareness of interlinkages that could accelerate the rate of environmental change and threaten human and ecosystem health. The 2009 Year Book examines new science and developments in s...
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The concept of Product‐Service Systems (PSS) was suggested as one of the solutions to address the increasing levels of production and consumption. It advocates the view that sustainability can be reached if all elements of the system are optimised from economic, environmental and social perspectives. Lately, we have seen the proliferation of exampl...
Thesis
The growing economic risk of relying primarily on fossil fuels with unstable prices and which availability highly depends on limited reserves and poor global distribution has increased the international interest on modern biofuels as an alternative energy source. Moreover, the growing awareness of energy-related pollution and of climate change cons...

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Projects (4)
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The Green4C knowledge alliance aims at creating new university-business partnerships to develop, support and enhance knowledge and practice exchange and flow, while fostering innovation and facilitating entrepreneurial opportunities, capacity and skills for students, researchers, professionals, as well as practitioners in the field of Green Care (GC). Green4C is a Knowledge Alliance Project (612623-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-KA). Find out more http://greenforcare.eu/
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This project aimed at understanding the multiple facets of wildfire in a rapidly changing context such at the Chiquitania region in Bolivia. Using mixed methods from social sciences, ecology, and remote sensing, we studied the drivers, effects, and possible futures of wildfire considering drier climatic conditions interacting with different development trajectories.