Methods for Assessing the Impacts of Natural Resource Management Research A Summary of the Proceedings of the ICRISAT-NCAP/ICAR International Workshop

Shiferaw, B and Freeman, H A (2003) Methods for Assessing the Impacts of Natural Resource Management Research A Summary of the Proceedings of the ICRISAT-NCAP/ICAR International Workshop. Other. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

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The perceived risks to sustainability of production systems and livelihood security of the poor in the many developing countries in recent years have prompted increased investment in natural resource management (NRM) research and development efforts. The national and international agencies, and non-governmental organizations making these investments are anxious to assess the effectiveness of these interventions on attaining the stated environmental and livelihood objectives. But measuring changes in natural resource and environmental outcome is notoriously difficult, as is assigning a monetary value to those tangible and nontangible changes. Yet, accountability is impossible without measurement of impacts. These methodological difficulties have hindered impact assessment studies in this area. This publication contains a summary of papers and discussions from the international workshop 'Methods for Assessing the Impacts of Natural Resource Management Research' held at ICRISAT-Patancheru, 6-7 December 2002. The workshop aimed to review recent advances in methods for assessing the economic and environmental outcomes of NRM practices in agriculture. It was attended by researchers from various national and international agencies, with specific expertise in applied methods for assessing the impacts of integrated NRM innovations. The presentations and discussions highlighted the special features and challenges of NRM impact assessment; indicators for monitoring biophysical and environmental impacts; methods for valuation of various ecosystem services derived from NRM investments; and economic methodologies and approaches for integrated assessment of economic and environmental impacts of NRM interventions in agriculture. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of ICRISAT. The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of ICRISAT concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city, or area, or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Where trade names are used this does not constitute endorsement of or discrimination against any product by ICRISAT.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2011 07:02
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2011 07:02
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