Community-based natural resource management

Community-based natural resource management was the focus of over 80 per cent of the IFAD-approved programmes and projects for 2000-2004. These programmes and projects addressed a wide range of natural resource development issues – land, water, forests, rangeland, fisheries and rural institutions. Gender, governance, culture and partnership also assumed greater roles.  In this publication, IFAD shares its learning on community-based natural resource development. Twelve case studies from recent lending programmes and grants demonstrate how knowledge is managed, disseminated and effectively used by others. They show that people can learn to learn and that learning is crucial to reducing poverty and to meeting the development challenges ahead.