Friday, July 04, 2008

Research and development for livelihoods and environment

ELDIS has alerted us to Navigating Amidst Complexity: a guide to implementing effective research and development to improve livelihoods and the environment, a guide from the Center for International Forestry Research. The guide was intended for researchers already involved in natural resource management but it is likely to also be of interest to implementers of natural resource management projects, as many of the elements and strategies are common to research and implementation. Asking the question, How many scientists in academic institutions, where the vast majority of researchers are trained, would be willing or able to shift their incentive systems from numbers of refereed publications to the quality of developing partnerships?, the authors recommend the Learning Wheel approach to balancing research efforts. You can find the guide online.

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