1298: Participatory research and agricultural biodiversity

This paper is taken from ‘Participatory Research and On-Farm Management of Agricultural Biodiversity in Europe’ by Michel Pimbert and published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Year of Publication2011

Environmental changes are long term and complex so we need more holistic ways of knowing than offered by reductionist science. Top-down, imposed natural resource management all too often has social and ecological costs in areas where rural people directly depend on biodiversity-rich farming systems. In contrast, methods and approaches for participatory learning and action can potentially help re-connect farmers and citizens with the biodiversity that sustains their livelihoods and culture

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