"We have found the Gatekeeper series to be of significant relevance because of the subjects treated and the condensed and incisive nature of the documents"
The Gatekeeper Series highlights emerging issues and new perspectives in natural resource management, livelihoods and sustainable agriculture.
Each Gatekeeper paper provides a succinct review of an issue of contemporary importance and makes preliminary recommendations for policy makers, researchers and planners. The series presents a diversity of perspectives, both from within and outside IIED, and with a special focus on work by Southern authors. All geographic regions are covered, although the main focus is on Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Since the Series was established in 1987, papers have covered a huge range of topics from global restructuring and agri-food systems to participatory plant breeding. Gatekeeper papers have dealt with equity, gender, research methods, ‘ways of knowing’, institutions, participatory methods, wildlife, and many dimensions of sustainable agriculture and the health of the natural resource base.
The interactions of the macro-level (national to global) with micro-environments, in both natural and human terms, are another thread running through the Gatekeepers. Analyses have been centred equally on lessons from the local level for the formulation of policy, and the efficacy on the ground of policy directives.
Successes and constraints in using participatory methods in localised projects and research exercises have also formed a recurring theme over the past 15 years. The livelihoods perspective informs all of the Gatekeepers’ coverage, and some papers have dealt directly with livelihoods strategies. These broad thematic areas covered by the Series are reflected in the back issues.
The Natural Resources Group at IIED has expanded the scope of the Series, while retaining the emphasis on sustainability and equity in agri-food systems and forms of environmental interaction that have characterised the Gatekeeper Series.
The series reaches over 4000 policy makers, researchers and planners in 121 countries. The Series is published twice a year - in batches of three issues.
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Editor: Nicole Kenton