Human-modified Tropical Forest Programme Management

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Geography - SoGE


ROLE OF THE PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT TEAM (PMT): The PMT will coordinate Programme-level activities and facilitate communication, collaboration and integration among the consortia. Specifically, the PMT will be responsible for:
- Monitoring research progress
- Budget monitoring
- Facilitating communication, collaboration and integration among the consortia
- Facilitating data management for the Programme
- Planning impact and knowledge exchange activities
- Logistics support
Key Programme management activities are described below.

PROGRAMME COORDINATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT: To assist the PMT in fulfilling their responsibilities, the PMT will appoint a Programme Coordinator to help them in research and budget monitoring, report writing, and managing communication across the Programme (e.g. organising annual meetings, website development and maintenance, etc.). The HMTF Programme will also appoint a Programme Data Manager who will: (1) Assist in development of data nomenclature, archiving and metadata protocols; (2) Ensure well documented data collection and data encoding; (3) Support importing of new data into the existing databases; (4) Facilitate compatibility of data between the various databases, including suggesting modifications of existing databases and nomenclature; (5) Ensure and develop comprehensive metadata and data set descriptions through frequent liaison with all investigators; (6) Report to the PMT and NERC, on data management needs and progress. The outline Data Management Plan for the HMTF Programme is presented in Appendix B.

PROGRAMME COMMUNICATION: Communication within consortia, among consortia and with external actors will be facilitated by the development of a HMTF Programme website, with separate portals for each of the consortia. Among-consortia communication will be further facilitated by a meetings budget that includes funds for bringing Brazilian and Malaysian partners together with the UK-based researchers.

IMPACT AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE: The PMT will also coordinate the impact and knowledge exchangee activities of the three consortia. Specifically, the PMT will: (1) provide KE support during the initial stage of fieldwork, when projects are establishing field sites and liaising with multiple stakeholders including private landholders and reserve managers; and (2) support the dissemination of results, in particular providing detailed feedback to key stakeholders, including landholders, relevant industries, and local and national government departments. Programme funds will support these activities in Malaysia and Brazil through non-academic Knowledge Exchange officers who will be tasked with preparing dissemination materials and meeting with stakeholders. These will be hired on short-term contracts, providing the PMT with crucial KE support when and where it is most needed. Delivery of the impact plans put forward by the individual consortia will be devolved to the KE officers who will lead a unified, cross-consortia approach to delivering impact.

LOGISTICS SUPPORT: The HMTF Programme will provide funds for logistics in Malaysia and Brazil. Malaysian funds have been allocated to support SAFE/SEARRP and the costs of the NERC-ARSF. For Brazil, funds will be allocated to support transport costs, offsetting unforeseen budget reductions by FAPESP in this area.

Planned Impact

See lead proposal.


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Title HMTF Programme dataset documentation database 
Description The HMTF data manager has developed a MS Access relational database that details over 200 researchers and collaborators within the three consortia making up the HMTF programme (BALI, LOMBOK and ECOFOR). All researchers producing field data have been identified and basic information about the datasets they are producing (metadata) has been entered into the database. Metadata information required by the NERC EIDC is also being entered for each dataset. The database is currently being expanded to indicate which datasets contain environmental information (including temporal and spatial details) that could be shared across consortia. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Tracking system will ensure that all datasets have been properly documented. Tracking of all datasets produced by researchers in three consortia in large programme provides an overview of research which is of benefit to PI's and HMTF management team. Storage of metadata for each dataset as it becomes available will allow direct upload of metadata information to NERC datacentre when data is archived at the end of the Award. Detailed metadata records (e.g. environmental data) will allow modellers and researchers to review what other consortia datasets may be available for collaborations. Dataset and researcher information has been provided to NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Dr Jennifer Lucey.