Adaptive Collaborative Approaches in Natural Resource Governance: Rethinking Participation, Learning and Innovation

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Hemant R. Ojha, Andy Hall, Rasheed Sulaiman V, Rasheed Sulaiman V.
Routledge, 2013 - Science - 327 pages

The purpose of this book is to showcase a range of approaches that consider learning and collaboration as central processes in agriculture and natural resources governance and management. These include four related and overlapping adaptive collaborative approaches Adaptive Collaborative Management, Participatory Action Research, Social Learning and Innovation Systems. Despite these being generated in different institutional domains with somewhat diverse epistemological and policy orientations, the authors show that there are common themes among these approaches.

The book presents a review of various adaptive and collaborative approaches to management developed to cope with the social and biophysical complexity of natural resource systems, including case studies from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Nepal and Zimbabwe. The contexts range from farmer field schools, to floodplain management and community forestry. The authors provide rich accounts of how adaptive collaborative approaches were applied to synergise different types of learning, foster collaboration among stakeholders, and nurture innovative development processes. Through its introduction and conclusion chapters, the book establishes a clear theoretical approach and identifies a set of practical methodologies for combining different systems of knowledge in a way that generates and maximizes innovation and the translation of research into practice.


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an introduction
traditions foundations and frontiers
reflections on the emergence and conduct of adaptive collaborative management at the Center for International Forestry Research
Farmers Field Schools and the politics of agricultural science and development in Ecuador
enabling an adaptive learning network of local communities for integrated floodplain management in Bangladesh
applying adaptive collaborative management in forested landscapes of Zimbabwe
applying an adaptive collaborative approach to forest governance in Nepal
reflections on action research in natural resource management
lessons from practice
10 Moving forward with adaptive collaborative approaches

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Hemant R. Ojha is a founder of Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS) and ForestAction Nepal. He is also a fellow at University of Melbourne and Australian National University.

Andy Hall is Director of LINK Limited and Senior Researcher at UNU-MERIT and Visiting Professor at Open University, UK.

Rasheed Sulaiman V is Director of the Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy, Hyderabad, India.

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