Dryland knowledge management for improved policy and investment


7 Νοε 2013 (πριν από 3 χρόνια και 5 μήνες)

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Dryland knowledge management for
improved policy and investment

Local and indigenous communities in the drylands are repositories of a wealth of knowledge and
experience that can be instrumental in developing good policies and practice. At the same time,
emerging science is improving our understanding of dryland ecology

and how best to manage it
IUCN facilitates the convergence of these different knowledge systems
and works to improve
communication of new ideas
and approaches
in order to achieve
more evid
based and
consultative decision making.

Drylands contribute strongly to national economies
, but they tend to be disregarded as marginal
areas and receive
low public investment and limited political interest. The uniqueness of dryland
ecology, biodiver
sity and livelihood systems is also poorly reflected in public policy. Many public
investments are guided by the desire to change
or eliminate
local adaptations. The erosion of
indigenous institutions
undermines the use of
local know

for s
ustainable natural resource
management. Science
is essential for sustainable

drylands development and conservation, but
frequently scientific knowledge is not well adapted to the drylands or is not developed in
partnership with local end
users and cognisan
t of their existing knowledge and practices.

mproved knowledge management
address these shortcomings

by creating the opportunities
and building the capacities for improved application of knowledge in decision making processes.
IUCN supports bringing t
ogether local knowledge and science to improve understanding of the
challenges of the drylands and the opportunities for sustainable drylands management and
whilst achieving more consultative decision making.
This will

contribute to empowering

communities and marginalised groups through knowledge exchange
as well as improving public
through improved access to and use of empirical evidence on sustainable drylands

ryland knowledge management for improved policy and in

will link dryland initiatives to
global monitoring processes, such as the Red Listing of Threatened Species and the Red List of
Ecosystems programmes of IUCN. Through the application of internationally recognized risk
assessment criteria the Red L
ist of Ecosystems will highlight dryland ecosystems which are
vulnerable or endanger
. This will strengthen IUCN’s ability to identify and prioritise dryland
habitats and ecosystems for work under other strategic priority areas, including maintaining an
mphasis on the full range of diverse dryland ecosystem types (mountains, lowlands, hy
per arid to
dry sub humid etc.)