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Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

Information

Study Explores CGIAR Efforts in ?Boundary Work? on Sustainable Resource Management
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences documents a decade of efforts by the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margin (ASB), a programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), as it sought to bridge the divide between knowledge creation and action in sustainable natural resource management.

The study focuses on the concept of "boundary work," or the process of producing useful knowledge that can be applied in a local specific context. Boundary work activities aim to mediate between knowledge and action, thereby constructing and managing interfaces between stakeholders involved in the production and use of knowledge for sustainable resource use. ASB has worked to link knowledge with action in a large number of extension and natural resource management projects.

The objective of the study is to examine whether ASB's experiences confirm the attributes thought to support successful boundary work: meaningful participation in agenda setting and knowledge production by relevant stakeholders; governance arrangements that assure accountability to relevant stakeholders; and the production of ?boundary objects?.

The study finds that different types of boundary work respond to different objectives of knowledge use.. Strategies for participation, accountability and governance and the development of boundary objects vary with these objectives.

On a more general level, the study identifies key preconditions for successful boundary work: capacity building in knowledge communication, integration of multiple forms of knowledge, and managing power relationships to avoid politicization of knowledge. The authors conclude that in order to improve the ability of global research programmes, such as the CGIAR, to produce useful knowledge for sustainable development, more attention should be paid to supporting multiple forms of boundary work.
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