Companion modelling and multi-agent systems for integrated natural resource management in Asia
The International Rice Research Institute, the Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), and other CGIAR centers are working constantly to develop innovative methodologies based on new approaches and paradign shifts. This publication presents breakthroughs in research on integrated natural resource management (INRM)— spatial modeling and adaptive management of renewable resources are key findings—based on a 2001-2004 companion modeling project in Thailand. It recommends that INRM projects are defined in a collaborative and equitable manner with all relevant stakeholders and partners. It generates new knowledge as international/regional public goods based on both indigenous knowledge and modern science. The INRM projects also effectively communicate and disseminate results and conclusions to all stakeholders and reform and strengthen institutions from local to policy levels.