The Ecoregional Approach to Research in the CGIAR
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Report of a joint TAC/Center Directors working group on the implementation of the ecoregional approach by the CGIAR. The document also contains comments by the center directors and by TAC. It was discussed at TAC 60, at a technical consultation organized by SPAAR in April 1993 (report in the collection), and a work shop following the CGIAR meeting of May 1993 (not reported). These discussions were considered at TAC 61. The report describes the evolution of the ecoregional concept during TAC's review of CGIAR priorities and strategies. The approach was seen as a means of conducting applied and strategic research on sustainable production in regions defined by ecological type, drawing on global research for that purpose, and strengthening cooperation with NARS and internationally. Responses from centers are summarized. The paper explores a research model for this purpose, and discusses possible operational models. It also discusses IARC measures to incorporate the ecoregional approach into their medium term plans. The working group doubts that any single operational approach will suit all regions needs. Annexed to the report are a synthesis of TAC's views of the concept, an overview of current and proposed center activities, and the terms of reference of the working group.