Breaking the spiral of unsustainability in arid and semi-arid areas in Latin America using an ecosystems approach for co-innovation of farm livelihoods

Published on 29 November 2011

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Start Date: 1 February 2007 | End Date: 31 January 2010


Reversing the unsustainable use of natural and agro-resources and insufficient economic results as envisaged by the Convention on Biological Diversity requires rethinking of entire livelihood strategies in a systemic way. Quantitative systemic approaches are as yet rarely adopted but highly promising for livelihood innovation. This project combines available participatory methods for innovation with a toolkit of quantitative ecosystem simulation models in an approach for co-innovation by scientists and stakeholders. The approach is applied in three case study areas in Argentina, Mexico, and Uruguay with varying degrees of human activity pressure to evaluate the added value of the quantitative systems outlook.

Donor: Wageningen Agricultural University


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