What is it about?

- A qualitative review of types of learning outcomes and consider their manifestations in NRM across selected empirical literature. - We did a systematic search of the peer-reviewed literature (N=1,223) and a qualitative meta-synthesis of selected articles, whichh have an explicit focus on learning outcomes and NRM changes (N=53). - Main finding: learning outcomes at personal level (skills), community scale (networks) and different governance levels support action within natural resource managment.

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Why is it important?

- Learning is a promising mechanism to cope with rapid environmental change. - The implications of learning for natural resource management have not been explored in-depth. - The evidence on the topic is scattered across multiple sources, so upscaling and synthesis of this knowledge is needed. - The paper tests how qualitative synthesis methods can be applied in the NRM field.

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I hope this paper helps researchers to do more qualitative literature reviews in the NRM domain. The paper represents a worked example of framework synthesis - one qualitative synthesis method, which has been applied widely in other fields, e.g. medicine.

Monika Suskevics
Estonian University of Life Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Learning for social-ecological change: a qualitative review of outcomes across empirical literature in natural resource management, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, July 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2017.1339594.
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