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This section contains knowledge produced by third parties. The term “knowledge” as used here refers to information and data (including quantitative data) that are placed in a social and/or societal context. It covers data and information available in different media, including CD-ROMs, documents (published and grey), images, videos and websites. The knowledge is organized in a number topics. The available knowledge supports Supras’ work and activities.

The available topics – together with their relative emphasis – change over time, reflecting the focus of Supras’ work. In some cases the knowledge can be downloaded.


While the available Topics supports work in Supras‘ service areas, as available in the Portfolio, they also transcends them, in that they cross-cut the Foci (section Profile) and the Issues (section Library).

Capacity building and training
As related, in particular, to natural resource management, knowledge management and networking. [access]
Fishing and coastal zone management
Covers small-scale, subsistence-based fishing, together with subsistence-based resource utilization in the coastal zone. [access]
Geographic Information System (GIS)
Supras’ work on GIS addresses the use of GIS in connection with, among others, local level data collection and survey work. Involves use of maps, including local handmade maps, topographical maps and satellite images. Also targets Global Position System (GPS). Focuses on involving and training local people in using such tools. [access]
Indigenous peoples
Concerned with the role and plight of the world’ indigenous peoples. Emphasis on land rights, human rights, and the right to development. Includes an emphasis also on ethnic minorities. [access]
Networks and networking
Focused around the use of ICTs (specifically the Internet and email) to build, manage and promote online communities of practice (COPS) and networks in the area of natural resource management. [access]
Concerned with the developmental context following large natural catastrophes, and how to move from the initial – and necessary – phase of humanitarian relief, to a phase that addresses reconstruction and active development. [access]