RADIN’s action and focus in the past has been largely dictated by socio-economic and ethno-botanical research. In recognition of the importance of development research, and to make an input at the macro-level, ARADIN established a Research, Documentation and Policy Unit (RDPU) with the goal of contributing to policy debate and review for the sustainable management of natural resources in Cross River State in particular, and Nigeria in general. The RDPU also plays an important role in supporting field activities, monitoring and evaluation. Researches carried out by ARADIN highlighted the dependency of local communities on forest resources and identified women as primary users of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) and thus the most vulnerable forest user group.
The Research, Documentation and Policy Unit (RDPU) focuses on linking village-level research of socio-economic and entho-botanical research with the macro-level, influencing policy and governance. RDPU contributes to policy debate and review of the sustainable management of natural resoures and related issues contributing to poverty alleviation and improved livelihoods.
RDPU also documents and monitors DIN's impact in the field, ensuring the link between research and action is not lost.