Scientific Committee Food Security and Land governance Seeds Agriculture and Biological Diversity Rural Development Policies Grazeland Energy Vegatation Water Policy and Climate Change Management Law Forestry
Three Platforms of Cooperation Cooperation on the Ground Cooperation in the Policy Arena NGOs in Academic Discussion
Lessons LearntDRYNET II TÜRKİYE•Participation in joint research projects can help scientists better define their research questions.•NGOs working in an area for a long time have an overview of the relevant stakeholders and cancomplete the picture in the study site by adding the reality of the field to the scientific model orsystem.•NGOs know the range of stakes in the area, and are able to give an integrated picture of all the factorsinfluencing decision-making on land management issues.•At the end of the research the NGOs will remain in the area and can ensure that research resultscontinue to be used.•Policy makers consult scientists for fact- based, objective advice. NGOs can provide insights on thesocial context, which may prove useful to complement the facts.•For research purposes, scientists generally prefer to avoid having to deal with politics and having tokeep themselves constantly informed about policy developments. By working with NGOs, scientists canfeed their scientific results into on-going dialogues with decision makers without having to engagethemselves.•Although scientists often think they need to retain their independent position by remaining politicallyneutral, their research results can be used for a variety of political purposes once published. An opendebate with NGOs about the current political debates, and the possible use or misuse of scientificmaterial would prevent a situation where scientific results are misused or remain covered up whenthey would not fit the mainstream policy view.
Policy RecommendationsDRYNET II TÜRKİYE•Actively engage with civil society organisations working on dryland issues. Instead ofgiving CSOs the sole responsibility to advocate for the recommendations coming fromresearch projects, include CSOs from the beginning in research projects.•Get a better insight into the realities in the field and learn from local experiences.Invest in things that have proven to be a success. Support participatory knowledgedevelopment and exchange on agro-ecological farming, including economic and socialimpact studies of agro-ecological farming.•Tackle the obstacles to up-scaling sustainable land management by improvingstocktaking, documentation and communication of good practices and local successstories.•Invest in participatory research systems on local knowledge, sustainable landmanagement and agro-ecological practices to improve the livelihoods and productionin drylands. Combine the best of two worlds: traditional practices and knowledge withscientific and formal knowledge.•Learn from the process of the development of the Voluntary Guidelines as aparticipatory process with broad acceptance.