Dr. Thomas Falk has done extensive research in the field of natural resource governance in developing countries. His main fields of expertise are economics of biodiversity conservation, desertification, and climate change; multi-layer governance in social-ecological systems (SES); science-policy interaction and trans-disciplinarity; economic institutions and institutional change in natural resource management. In addition, he supported nature conservation efforts in the frame of UNDP projects. One of his specialties are the use of experimental approaches for institutional capacity development.

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Most farmers in Western Rajasthan, India face an uncertain, impoverished future. The region is affected by frequent droughts, over-exploitation of groundwater, deteriorating soil and water quality, low productivity, weak institutions, malnutrition, continuously decreasing landholding size, and a burgeoning population of 28 million. With …

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