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Using a systems viability approach to evaluate integrated conservation and development projects: assessing the impact of the North Rupununi Adaptive Management Process, Guyana

Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Simpson, Matthew; Davis, Odacy and Haynes, Lakeram (2010). Using a systems viability approach to evaluate integrated conservation and development projects: assessing the impact of the North Rupununi Adaptive Management Process, Guyana. The Geographical Journal, 176(3) pp. 241–252.

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Abstract

Integrated conservation and development projects (ICDPs) are common place in the field of biodiversity conservation. However, there is little evidence in the wider literature on the successes of these projects, with failure attributed to a range of factors including a bias on either conservation or development, weak assumptions and limited monitoring and evaluation. In this paper, we evaluate an ICDP in the North Rupununi district of Guyana. Using a systems viability approach, we show how assessing the project and the nested systems within which it is operating reveals numerous human and institutional capacity issues which could have been managed better if highlighted at the project development stage. We conclude with the proposal that a systems viability approach to ICDP development, monitoring and evaluation encourages greater learning and adaptive management processes for increasing the long-term impact of ICDPs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Authors, 2010 The Royal Geographical Society (journal compilation)
ISSN: 0016-7398
Extra Information: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Keywords: Guyana; ICDP; system viability; social-ecological system; monitoring and evaluation; adaptive management
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 25389
Depositing User: Andrea Berardi
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 12:54
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2012 08:48
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/25389
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