Fundamental Characteristics of the NRI
  1. a broad and distinctive view of management that encompasses planning, policy making, decision making, implementation and evaluation;
  2. a focus on sustainable resource and environmental management, and the integrity of social-ecological systems;
  3. community-focused and participatory approaches to resource and environmental management;
  4. holistic, interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches, including an examination of ethics, equity and social justice;
  5. integration of theory and practice; and,
  6. linking knowledge with real-world problems to respond to emerging societal needs.