Community management of natural resources in Africa: Impacts, experiences and future directions

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More than twenty years have passed since community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) rose to prominence in different parts of Africa as a strategy for rural development, local empowerment, and conservation. Led by new ideas about the merits of decentralized, collective resource governance regimes, and creative field experiments such as Zimbabwe’s CAMPFIRE, these community-based approaches evolved in a wide range of ecological, political, and social contexts across Africa. This review provides an unprecedented pan-African synthesis of CBNRM, drawing on multiple authors and a wide range of documented experiences from Southern, Eastern, Western and Central Africa. The review discusses the degree to which CBNRM has met poverty alleviation, economic development and nature conservation objectives. In its concluding chapter, the report suggests a way forward for strengthening CBNRM and addressing key challenges in the years ahead.
 
IIED code:
17503IIED 
Published:
Sep 2009 - IIED 
Keywords:
Natural Resource Management (NRM), Biodiversity and conservation 
ISBN/ISSN:
ISBN 978-1-84369-755-8, ISSN 1605-1017 
Details:
154 pages (Book/Report) 
Language:
English - also in French (Français)  
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