Research Agendas for the Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland in Malaysia

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

tropical peatland

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Asia - Malaysia

Why was it conducted at all?

There is a need for coordinated research for the sustainable management of tropical peatland. Malaysia has 6% of global tropical peat by area and peatlands there are subject to land use change at an unprecedented rate.

What was the objective?

to seek common research priorities relevant to the current and future sustainability of Malaysian peatland

What was the outcome?

a list of 95 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

March 2011 - December 2011

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

survey; workshop

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: workshop 1: at workshop via survey participants were asked to identify research questions within 8 topics. Step 2: workshop 2: participants were asked to combine similarly worded questions, to remove already answered questions and to remove out-of-scope questions, resulting in 95 questions. Step 3: survey: participants were asked to identify the top two priority questions from each of the nine themes, resulting in list of 95 questions ranked

Which stakeholders took part?

Academic stakeholders, non-governmental agencies, private developers. Workshop: 15 participants. Survey: 51 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

No information provided.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.