Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources: Management, Policy, and Institutions in Nepal

Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources: Management, Policy, and Institutions in Nepal

Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources: Management, Policy, and Institutions in Nepal

Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources: Management, Policy, and Institutions in Nepal

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The book is the outcome of a research project 'Management of Knowledge System in Natural Resources: Exploring Policy and Institutional Framework in Nepal' undertaken by ForestAction Nepal with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. When we completed the research project with a set of case studies and a review of theories related to knowledge systems and governance and shared the findings with a network of readers, we were excited to get very encouraging feedback. This encouraged us to compile the work as a book so that the empirical findings and insights emerging from the analysis could be disseminated to a wider audience. While preparing the case study reports, we realised that the insights could be potentially beneficial to the policy makers, researchers, planners and field practitioners for developing an understanding of the knowledge systems and their deliberative interface. This idea was materialised with a generous and continued support from IDRC.

We hope that the compilation of case studies on natural resources, in the light of critical and theoretical insights, will help one understand the intricacies of knowledge systems as they relate to governance practices. There is indeed a continuing need for better understanding of the contexts, processes and outcomes of the production of knowledge and its application in various facets of governance of human society. In this context, our main goal of presenting the case studies in this book has been to understand how different systems of knowledge operate in the field of natural resource management, and what factors and conditions affect the process of deliberation among such knowledge systems. We have categorised four key systems of knowledge in Nepal based on the political perspectives and ideologies, which social agents bring in the discourses and practices of natural resource governance. We hope that this approach to analysis goes beyond the on-going debates about local versus scientific, practical versus theoretical and similar categories.

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