Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction

Project Description

Natural Resource Governance

Component name: Improving Environmental Governance for Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Bangladesh

The governance of natural resources relates to the interactions among structures, processes and traditions that determine how power and responsibilities are exercised, how decisions are taken, and how citizens or other stakeholders have their say in the management of natural resources.
In Bangladesh during the last two decades, several projects to manage natural resources have been initiated by government, non-government and community-based organizations. However, many fundamental policies do not align with these plans, nor do they identify and recommend the judicious and equitable sharing of natural resources within local communities.
 

The major challenge ahead is to facilitate conditions that will motivate government representatives and social leaders to pursue an effective natural resource governance regime.


Goal and Purpose
The goal of the project is to improve environmental governance for sustainable management of natural resources in Bangladesh.
The purpose is to empower local communities by strengthening the connection between the community and local authorities and thereby improve natural resource governance.  A special emphasis is also placed on the empowerment of women and their inclusion in the decision-making process to promote fair and equitable access to natural resources.
 

Outcomes

  • Enhanced capacity and skill of both local communities and local government to manage natural resources
  • Vulnerable groups have greater voice in decision making process and improved livelihood conditions including access to natural resources
  •  Vulnerable groups and policy makers have greater awareness of governance and rights based issues


Key Activities

  • Baseline surveys
  • Provide technical assistance, motivation and training of natural resource management for improving the livelihoods of local communities.
  • Build capacity of communities, community-based organizations, local government agencies and service providers in:
  • Participatory planning and implementation
  • Active learning and application of knowledge
  • Financial management
  • Local leadership, local customary and statutory rights and
  • Transfer knowledge through advocacy, workshops and public discussions.
  • Networking with partners and defining collaboration at national level by creating multi-stakeholder platforms
  • Regular meetings with the local multi stakeholder platforms and Annual meeting of national level multi stakeholder platforms
  • Exposure visits to different sites for gaining knowledge amongst Community Based Organizations and local government
  • Capacity need assessment for new sites
  • Training and practical skill development for livelihood sustenance such as on Alternative Income Generation (AIGs) for both old and new sites
  • Share knowledge with policy makers, civil society and service providers by publishing policy briefs on natural resource governance
  • Share knowledge with policy makers, civil society and service providers by publishing an approach book with case studies  on best practices
  • Publication of a training manual on Natural Resource Governance
  • Influence policy and practice through dissemination of project achievements using electronic forums and local media.
  • Sensitizing policy makers, civil society and development practitioners by preparing documentary and publishing book and policy briefs to adopt governance in natural resource management  
  • Dissemination of governance related messages   among local communities, local government, policy makers, civil society and development practitioners through using promotional materials like stickers, billboards and brochures  documentary


IUCN Bangladesh is working at a national scale with two of its partners: Centre for Natural Resource Studies (CNRS) and Nature Conservation Management (NACOM). CNRS and NACOM are undertaking key activities in ten sites across Bangladesh and IUCN will take lead to sensitize policy makers, civil society and development practitioners to promote governance in natural resource management.


This project is part of the global UK Department for International Development - Governance and Transparency Fund (DFID-GTF) funded Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction project.

Timeframe: 1st October 2011 – 30th June 2013

Contact:

Md. Ahsanul Wahed
IUCN Bangladesh
Ahsanul.Wahed@iucn.org
www.iucn.org/bangladesh

 

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Photos
  • Annual MSP meeting

    Annual MSP meeting

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  • MSP meeting at Gazipur

    MSP meeting at Gazipur

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  • Networking meeting

    Networking meeting

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  • Networking meeting with CBO members

    Networking meeting with CBO members

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  • Participatory monitoring and evaluation meeting

    Participatory monitoring and evaluation meeting

    Photo: IUCN

  • Sensitization meeting with policy makers, service providers and resource users

    Sensitization meeting with policy makers, service providers and resource users

    Photo: IUCN

  • Training on natural resource management law

    Training on natural resource management law

    Photo: IUCN