Martin Reinhardt Nielsen

Martin Reinhardt Nielsen

Associate Professor

My primary research interest is hunting, ranging from bushmeat hunting in developing countries to Inuit communities traditional hunting in the Arctic. My research focus on assessing the socioeconomic and cultural drivers and the ecological impacts of hunting. This in order to examining the efficiency of management approaches and their implications for hunters’ livelihoods and traditional cultures and to assist in developing targeted mitigation policies.

Recent projects include: evaluating the outcome of Joint Forest Management in Tanzania in relation to the policy objectives conservation, improves local livelihoods and promotion of good governance using bushmeat hunting as an indicator; investigating the production and communication of information in locally-based monitoring initiatives in relation to the local political reality and stakeholders strategic interests; and assessing the ecological justification and cultural implications of narwhal hunting management regulations in Greenland.

Current projects include examining the relations between poverty, shocks and forest use in the Democratic Republic of Congo and building knowledge for regulating illegal bushmeat markets in Tanzania.


Building knowledge for regulation illegal bushmeat markets in Tanzania
This project focus on commercial bushmeat markets in Tanzania to provide the information needed to facilitate design of economic instruments to improve regulation of these markets for sustainability and biodiversity conservation.

The project involves conducting a commodity chain analysis in three identified bushmeat markets to assess the distribution of power and profit between market actors (hunters, traders etc.) and determine the structure and functioning of these markets. The project will furthermore introduce choice experiments to measure actor’s response to changes in aspects of the decision to engage in this activity.

The results will reveal the optimal level in the commodity chain for regulation interventions and whether increased law enforcement or market-based regulation instruments (taxes, subsidizing alternatives etc.) most effectively will induce hunters and traders to shift occupation voluntarily.

Hunting for the benefit of Joint Forest Management and Locally-based Monitoring in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania
The project was funded by the Danish development assistance (DANIDA) and includes an evaluation of the effect of Joint Forest Management in a biodiversity hotspot in Tanzania based on the policy objectives forest conservation, improved local livelihoods and promotion of good governance. The study is based on a temporal comparison with a control site using bushmeat hunting as an indicator.

The project also includes an investigation of the production and communication of information in a locally-based monitoring scheme in the same area.

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