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Knowledge management for land degradation monitoring and assessment: an analysis of contemporary thinking


Reed, MS and Fazey, I and Stringer, LC and Raymond, CM and Akhtar-Schuster, M and Begni, G and Bigas, H and Brehm, S and Briggs, J and Bryce, R and Buckmaster, S and Chanda, R and Davies, J and Diez, E and Essahli, W and Evely, H and Geeson, N and Hartmann, I and Holden, J and Hubacek, K and Ioris, AAR and Kruger, B and Laureano, P and Phillipson, J and Prell, C and Quinn, CH and Reeves, AD and Seeley, M and Thomas, R and van der Werff ten Bosch, MJ and Vergunst, P and Wagner, L, Knowledge management for land degradation monitoring and assessment: an analysis of contemporary thinking, Land Degradation and Development, 24, (4) pp. 307-322. ISSN 1085-3278 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/ldr.1124


It is increasingly recognised that land degradation monitoring and assessment can benefit from incorporating multiple sources of knowledge, using a variety of methods at different scales, including the perspectives of researchers, land managers and other stakeholders. However, the knowledge and methods required to achieve this are often dispersed across individuals and organisations at different levels and locations. Appropriate knowledge management mechanisms are therefore required to more efficiently harness these different sources of knowledge and facilitate their broader dissemination and application. This paper examines what knowledge is, how it is generated and explores how it may be stored, transferred and exchanged between knowledge producers and users before it is applied to monitor and assess land degradation at the local scale. It suggests that knowledge management can also benefit from the development of mechanisms that promote changes in understanding and efficient means of accessing and/or brokering knowledge. Broadly, these processes for knowledge management can (i) help identify and share good practices and build capacity for land degradation monitoring at different scales and in different contexts and (ii) create knowledge networks to share lessons learned and monitoring data among and between different stakeholders, scales and locations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:land degradation, environmental management, monitoring and assessment, knowledge management, knowledge exchange, knowledge transfer, knowledge brokers, social learning
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Raymond, CM (Dr Chris Raymond)
ID Code:95804
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:59
Deposited By:Centre for Environment
Deposited On:2014-10-08
Last Modified:2014-11-05

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