Natural Resource Governance Framework

Natural resource governance refers to the norms, institutions and processes that determine how power and responsibilities over natural resources are exercised, how decisions are taken, and how citizens – women, men, indigenous peoples and local communities – participate in and benefit from the management of natural resources. 

Why a focus on natural resource governance?

The effectiveness and equity of governance processes critically determine both the extent to which ecosystems contribute to human well being and the long-term prospects for successful conservation of nature. Securing rights and sharing power and responsibilities through strengthened natural resource governance benefits both people and biodiversity. Thus, governance is a necessary foundation for a just world that values and conserves nature and contributes to the achievement of global sustainable development goals.

What is the IUCN Natural Resource Governance Framework?

The Natural Resource Governance Framework (NRGF) is an IUCN initiative created for the purpose of providing a robust, inclusive, and credible approach to assessing and strengthening natural resource governance, at multiple levels and in diverse contexts. The overarching goal of NRGF is to: set standards and guidance for decision-makers at all levels to make better and more just decisions on the use of natural resources and the distribution of nature’s benefits, following good governance principles, such that improved governance will enhance the contributions of ecosystems and biodiversity to equity and sustainability.

The NRGF is hosted by the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), working in close collaboration with the IUCN Secretariat and partners across the Union.

NRGF materials

Please refer to the side bar to the right of this page for further resources including the current NRGF strategy, NRGF design documents, conceptual papers and reports of regional activities.

Additionally, NRGF WG members developed 24 Issue briefs/ touchstones for the NRGF in 2013.

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Jessica Campese

Jessica Campese