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Social learning and sustainable development


To understand what social learning approaches can offer the sciences of adaptation and mitigation, we need to assemble an appropriate evidence base.

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Figure 1: An evaluative framework for assembling an evidence base on the impacts of social learning.


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This commentary was produced as part of a continuing social learning process — the Climate Change and Social Learning initiative ( — in which knowledge is being co-constructed through many different channels. We are very grateful to everyone who has participated in this process so far and to those who continue to do so. The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program is funded by the CGIAR Fund, AusAid, Danish International Development Agency, Environment Canada, Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical, Irish Aid, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Government of Russia, UK Aid and the European Union, with technical support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

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Kristjanson, P., Harvey, B., Van Epp, M. et al. Social learning and sustainable development. Nature Clim Change 4, 5–7 (2014).

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