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Visualizing Sustainability of Selective Mountain Farming Systems from Far-eastern Himalayas to Support Decision Making
Shakya, Bandana1,2,3; Shrestha, Anil4; Sharma, Ghanashyam5; Gurung, Tulsi6; Mihin, Dollo7; Yang, Shuo8; Jamir, Amba9; Win, Soe10; Han, Xi1; Yang, Yongping1; Choudhury, Dhrupad2; Schneider, Flurina11
Corresponding AuthorShakya, Bandana(
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY
AbstractMountain farming systems rely on both empirical and academic knowledge. Their sustainability depends on how effectively diverse knowledge is used for solution-oriented decision making. For mountains, decisions must be conducive to rural farmers whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and related activities. Adopting transdisciplinary research approach, we define a composite Sustainability Space indicator that will help decision makers better understand the ingredients for sustainability, and formulate policy and management decisions to reinforce on-the-ground sustainability. Sustainability Space was derived through analysis of the positive and negative impact factors co-defined by community and disciplinary experts, and visualized through a radar diagram. We used Principal Component Analysis to understand relationships between factors. The results on Sustainability Spaces for eight cases of farming systems from the far-Eastern Himalayas indicated that the sustainability of farming systems is strengthened if decisions holistically cater to (i) geophysical pre-requisites, (ii) ecological foundations, (iii) integrated processes and practices, (iv) resources, knowledge, and value systems, (v) stakeholders' development and economic aspirations, (vi) well-being of farming communities, and (vii) government support mechanisms. More equitable the attention to these seven components, the higher the sustainability of farming systems in this region could be.
Keywordsustainability assessment farm performance sustainability space transdisciplinary approach mountain agriculture Far-eastern Himalayas
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WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGreen & Sustainable Science & Technology ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000465613000146
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Corresponding AuthorShakya, Bandana
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
2.Int Ctr Integrated Mt Dev ICIMOD, GPO Box 3226, Lalitpur 44700, Nepal
3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
4.Calif State Univ Fresno, Dept Viticulture & Enol, Fresno, CA 93740 USA
5.Mt Inst India TMI, Gangtok 737101, Sikkim, India
6.Royal Univ Bhutan, Coll Nat Resources, PO Wangdu, Lobesa 14001, Bhutan
7.North Eastern Reg Community Resource Management P, Shillong 793001, Meghalaya, India
8.Yunnan Inst Environm Sci, Kunming 650034, Yunnan, Peoples R China
9.Sustainable Dev Forum Nagaland, Kohima 797001, Nagaland, India
10.Yezin Agr Univ, Dept Plant Breeding Physiol & Ecol, Nay Pyi Taw 15013, Myanmar
11.Univ Bern, Dept Integrat Geog, Ctr Dev & Environm, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland
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Shakya, Bandana,Shrestha, Anil,Sharma, Ghanashyam,et al. Visualizing Sustainability of Selective Mountain Farming Systems from Far-eastern Himalayas to Support Decision Making[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2019,11(6):20.
APA Shakya, Bandana.,Shrestha, Anil.,Sharma, Ghanashyam.,Gurung, Tulsi.,Mihin, Dollo.,...&Schneider, Flurina.(2019).Visualizing Sustainability of Selective Mountain Farming Systems from Far-eastern Himalayas to Support Decision Making.SUSTAINABILITY,11(6),20.
MLA Shakya, Bandana,et al."Visualizing Sustainability of Selective Mountain Farming Systems from Far-eastern Himalayas to Support Decision Making".SUSTAINABILITY 11.6(2019):20.
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