Communities, Livelihoods and Natural Resources synthesizes results from a seven-year programme of applied research on community-based approaches to natural resource management in Asia. The 11 case studies featured illustrate how local innovations in participatory natural resource management can strengthen livelihoods, build capacity for local governance and spark policy change. The lessons are derived from the application of a participatory action research framework that engaged resource users, local governments and researchers in collaborative learning and illustrate practical innovations to strengthen livelihoods through improved collective resource management practices and broader technology choices.
Tyler provides practitioners with models of 'good practice' in participatory, community-based resource management, and demonstrates how site-based research contributes to broader learning in the field of natural resource management and policy. In addition to its uses for practitioners, this is also a valuable resource for graduate students in Development Studies, and for applied researchers in government or private research organizations interested in Development programmes and policy analysis.
"... brings together an impressive set of action research studies [that] are clearly written and understandable. Both researchers and practitioners concerned with rural development will find the book to be a valuable source of lessons and inspiration."
- Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
"This book is a timely contribution ... [It] is particularly valuable since it contains a synthesis of actual field experiences derived from over 75 research projects ... and should be widely read and used both by professional scholars and policy makers."
- Professor M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman, National Commission on Farmers, Government of India
Stephen R. Tyler is President, Adaptive Resource Management Ltd. He directed a programme of action research for Community-Based NRM in Asia for seven years, with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and has worked with partners throughout Asia on applied research in environment and development for 16 years. He served as consultant to Asian Development Bank, World Bank, CIDA and other international organizations and has a PhD from University of California, Berkeley.