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Participatory Action Research in Natural Resource Management

A Critque of the Method Based on Five Years' Experience in the Transamozonica Region of Brazil

This work evaluates the merits of a widely-used approach to natural resource management, participatory action research (PAR), an approach to resource management that strives to link researchers with farmers and other local residents whose lives are effected by long-range conservation programmes. The authors begin the book with the history of PAR, and then use a variety of case studies that chronicle sustainable development efforts in Brazil. They evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these efforts and suggest specific ways to improve on future PAR efforts.

Action research is generally considered to have been pioneered by Kurt Lewin in
the 1940s. Lewin was involved in government programs to improve intergroup
relations, and he sought methods of improving the contribution of science to the ...