Natural resource management: credible knowledge needed
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CTA. 1999. Natural resource management: credible knowledge needed. Spore 80. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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CTA workshop on information support to natural resource management (NRM) policy was held at CTA headquarters in Wageningen from 26 to 29 January 1999
New opinions and visions require credible information' is how one keynote speaker summed it all up at a recent CTA workshop on information support to natural resource management (NRM) policy. This suggests that more efforts have to be made to ensure that trustworthiness. NRM is one of CTA's priority themes in agricultural and rural development. It covers the impact of humankind in general, and farmers in particular, on resources including forests, wetlands, and water, and issues such as land tenure. Increasingly, ACP States are developing national environmental policies across different sectors, such as energy, agriculture, and transport. To coordinate their efforts at national level, they need to set up a transparent and well-supplied information system because 'knowledge and information are absolutely critical to changing power dynamics'. Conditions for well-run information systems range from a general 'right to access to information' to standard formats for describing it and classification schemes for making it accessible. The process of NRM policy formulation, information requirements and uses, financial sustainability, intersectoral partnerships, communication skills, training, and quality control were among the key issues raised at the workshop. But even then, said one working group, information will not always flow by itself. Making it move, making it work, getting it into the right hands, that is what counts: 'We have to promote a culture that promotes networking'. The workshop, held at CTA headquarters in Wageningen from 26 to 29 January 1999, brought together 22 participants and 16 resource people from 13 ACP States, European institutions, and international bodies.