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This guide can help you think about uses for scoring tools in your landscape and how to construct and implement them.
What phenomena can be assessed with a scoring tool?
There are few limits to the types of conditions that can be scored.  Scores simply tell us how effectively a system performs relative to its ideal.  Some [...]

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Causal Diagramming

A type of conceptual model that is commonly and easily used is the causal diagram, sometimes referred to as the causal loop diagram.  Causal diagrams aid groups in thinking visually. The process of causal diagramming engages actors in the landscape in representing issues that need addressing as circles or squares.  These become ‘nodes’ in the diagram.  
The group then [...]

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Gender Analysis Tools

Resources on Gender Analysis

IUCN Gender and the environment website
World Bank – Tools for gender analysis and social assessment

Examples of gender specific indicators relating to all goals:
FAO – Gender sensitive indicators in the management of natural resources:
Fact sheets:
Climate change and disaster mitigation
AIDS/HIV and the environment

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Markets Toolkit

The conceptual framework for the markets toolkit is described in part in article by Niederhauser, Oberthu, Kattnig and Cock (2008). The Toolkit is currently under development by Ecoagriculture Partners’ Markets Program.
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Bioversity, formerly the International Plant Genetics Research Institute IPGRI), is perhaps the best source of information about genetic diversity measures that scientists use.   Many resources on traditional knowledge and agrobiodiversity are available on the internet. Explore for ideas and information about how local people identify, value, and protect crop, livestock, forest and fishery diversity in their landscapes.  Share [...]

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Exceptionally readable and ‘accessible’ guidelines are presented in this manual.
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Secondary sources

Secondary sources generally refer to published documents and statistics.  Governments at various levels commonly assume responsibility for pubishing specified types of information that correspond with their mission and mandate.  Some types of publications are produced on a regular (periodic) basis, and some are occasional, or one-time-only studies.  It is useful to become familiar with the types of [...]

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A geo-referenced household survey is developed by spatially locating (geo-referencing) the sample of households where an interview or questionnaire survey is administered. Hand-held GPS (global positioning system) devices are used to mark the location of the households in the survey sample. Geo-referencing household survey data makes it possible to examine effects that spatial location in the [...]

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Profitability Analysis

Resources that can aid in analyzing the profitibility of a farm-based enterprise include those below:
Assessing and improving farm profitibility
Participatory market chain analysis for small holder products – CIAT
Evaluating a rural enterprise – ATRA
 
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A widely accepted definition of a landscape is a ‘kilometer-wide mosaic over which particular local ecosystems and land uses recur (Forman and Godron, 1986; Forman, 1995). A mosaic of a particular landscape is comprised of various spatially-defined elements in the landscape, such as patches, corridors, and matrices. Using landscape metrics, it is possible to measure, [...]

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