• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 12/19/2013

Natural Resource Governance, Empowerment and Poverty Reduction 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) views effective governance as essential for protection biodiversity and sustainable development. Unclear or poor governance can lead to illegal and unsustainable use of natural resources. Without adequate governance mechanisms, conflicts over natural resource are often accentuated, as different sets of actors seek to utilize resources based on their specific needs or priorities (Oviedo 2010).
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To begin to address these challenges, in 2009, the IUCN Social Policy Unit, together with IUCN regional offices and partners, began implementing the “Improving Natural Resource Governance for Rural Poverty Reduction” project financed by UKaid from the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Global Transparency Fund (GTF). This project included a portfolio of 10 subprojects in Africa (3), Asia (3), South America (1), West Asia (1), with one cross-cutting component on protected areas and one coordinating component based at IUCN headquarters in Switzerland. More specifically, the project focused on:
  • Building capacities to engage in governance processes
  • Strengthening voice through multistakeholder dialogue
  • Increasing participation of all stakeholders in governance of natural resources
  • Improvements in income generation and livelihood arrangements
  • Helping to preserve traditional systems of resource tenure that secure livelihoods and contribute to nature conservation
  • Expanding the understanding of human wellbeing
  • Promoting policy improvement from the local to global level