To meet the challenges of poverty and environmental sustainability, a different kind of research will be needed. This research will need to embrace the complexity of these systems by redirecting the objectives of research toward enhancing adaptive capacity, by incorporating more participatory approaches, by embracing key principles such as multi-scale analysis and intervention, and by the use of a variety of tools (e.g., systems analysis, information management tools, and impact assessment tools). Integration will be the key concept in the new approach; integration across scales, components, stakeholders, and disciplines. Integrated approaches, as described in this book, will require changes in the culture and organization of research.
Topic: adaptation,capacity,decision making,impact,assessment,integrated systems,models
Publisher: CABI Publishing in association with Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Wallingford, Oxon, UK
Publication Year: 2003
Source: Campbell, B.M., Sayer, J.A. (eds.) Integrated natural resource management: linking productivity, the environment and development.. 1-14