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

abstract

  • The perceived risks to sustainability of production systems and livelihood security of the poor in the manydeveloping countries in recent years have prompted increased investment in natural resource management(NRM) research and development efforts. The national and international agencies, and non-governmentalorganizations making these investments are anxious to assess the effectiveness of these interventions onattaining the stated environmental and livelihood objectives. But measuring changes in natural resource andenvironmental outcome is notoriously difficult, as is assigning a monetary value to those tangible and nontangiblechanges. Yet, accountability is impossible without measurement of impacts. These methodologicaldifficulties have hindered impact assessment studies in this area.This publication contains a summary of papers and discussions from the international workshop 'Methods forAssessing the Impacts of Natural Resource Management Research' held at ICRISAT-Patancheru, 6-7 December2002. The workshop aimed to review recent advances in methods for assessing the economic and environmentaloutcomes of NRM practices in agriculture. It was attended by researchers from various national and internationalagencies, 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 impactassessment; indicators for monitoring biophysical and environmental impacts; methods for valuation of variousecosystem services derived from NRM investments; and economic methodologies and approaches forintegrated 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. Thedesignations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of anyopinion 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 usedthis does not constitute endorsement of or discrimination against any product by ICRISAT

publication date

  • 2003