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The website emphasizes optimal sharing of CBNRM knowledge. This leads to the following two overall design principles: (1) cautious adaptation of the written word to the format and medium of the Internet, and (2) form follows content and function. The content is CBNRM knowledge, and the function is to achieve optimal management and sharing of CBNRM knowledge.
The design is tailored to achieve this. The emphasis is on communicating CBNRM knowledge fast, reliably and effectively between members of the global CBNRM community of practice. Design elements like, for example, images and graphics are accordingly used very sparingly, while animations and audio and video streaming are not used at all (a separate photographic archive may be included at a later point in time).
Reasons for choice of design principles
There are three main reasons for this choice: (1) many CBNRM practitioners and CBNRM Net users, especially in developing countries and countries in transition, use low-end hardware, have slow connections and pay costly connection fees, (2) the task of managing a distributed and decentralized CBNRM content provision becomes easier, and (3) maintenance is easier and requires fewer resources.