Title: Communicating scientific knowledge to actors: how do indicators respond to stakes in relation to the development of the fishery sector in the Guinea Republic?

Authors: Jean Le Fur

Addresses: IRD/CBGP, Campus International de Baillarguet, CS 30016, 34988, Montferrier sur Lez, France

Abstract: This paper is concerned with the development of the fishery sector in Guinea. The well-targeted purpose was to provide stakeholders with adequate knowledge items favouring their self-determination of a sustainable sector structure. The approach was to identify and implement an appropriate organisation to transfer knowledge resulting from research, in order to contribute to the development of a common information platform used as an effective basis for a multiparty exchange. Reliable communication methods and components were determined and related to information content, nature, medium, channels and targets with a particular focus on the required diversification of information restoration media and channels. Generally, information appears most efficiently communicated by combining various types of information, set out in different manners according to the various target populations. This approach results in a global communication process where indicators, as quantified and synthetic information, are considered by users as one, among other types, of information release.

Keywords: action research; communication process; fishery industry; Guinea Republic; information release; participative approach; stakeholders; sustainable development; sustainability; knowledge transfer; indicators.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2007.014415

International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2007 Vol.10 No.1/2, pp.73 - 92

Published online: 05 Jul 2007 *

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