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Environmental governance

Climate change urgently requires an integrated agricultural research approach within the broader context of ecosystems, avoiding narrow perspectives that focus on a single field, crop, rangeland plant, or livestock species. The way that people manage ecosystems will ultimately determine their wellbeing and the incomes they can earn from agriculture.

ICARDA’s research to promote appropriate environmental governance involves:

  • Bottom-up development of climate change scenarios and participatory development of adaptation options for households and for common pool resources (non-privatized natural resources like open access rangelands or glaciers)
  • Participatory development of environmental governance schemes for common pool resources as rangelands, foothill ridges or pollinators
  • Participatory development of adaptation strategies to help mountain villages deal with glacier loss
  • Introduction of Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP; the approach is described in: Christmann and Aw-Hassan 2012), a self-sustaining, low-cost approach to simultaneously protect key species for climate change adaptation and increase farmers income

Contact person for research on environmental governance: Stefanie Christmann ( has significant experience on environmental governance with different organizations. Research interests include the development of climate smart innovations for agriculture and ecosystem management.