Gulf Cooperation Council
Network for Drylands Research & Development

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مجلس التعاون الخليجي لدراسات

الأراضي القاحلة و التطوير

The Need for
Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary environmental research in the field of drylands research is of utmost importance, since it will provide the information and understanding needed to enhance development pathways that provide alternatives to economically costly and socially detrimental environmental degradation.

Furthermore it will increase scientific and institutional capacity to anticipate and cope with environmental change at all scales—local to global—with reduced social and economic disruption as well as anticipate and reduce resource-driven conflict, both inter- and intranationally.



Recommended Link:

The Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) is based at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and is internationally renowned for working at the forefront of interdisciplinary research, on a range of environmental issues. CSERGE uses social science analysis as a link between existing scientific knowledge and policy guidance, with the aim of mitigating environmental problems in both developed and developing economies.


Realized by Prof. Spooner (Professor of Anthropology at the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania) long ago and obviously still ignored by many until today!

"Desertification is a social problem, involving people at all stages, as a cause and as victims, also one of lower agricultural return and increasing poverty."

(Spooner i.a.. 1987, 1989)



Recommended Reading:


Spooner, B.: Ecology in Development: A Rationale for Three-Dimensional Policy, The United Nations University, 1984

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