Policy Brief: Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Public-Private Partnerships for Conservation

Community-based natural resource management programmes can be strengthened and expanded through public private partnerships. Metolo Foyet and Maxi Pia Louis prepared a policy brief on this topic with the following key messages:

  • Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) has numerous advantages over other forms of conservation, with benefits relating to climate change resilience, biodiversity conservation and sustainable socio-economic development.
  • Public-private partnerships (PPPs), whereby state actors form agreements with community-based organisations and/or with private sector businesses, can strengthen CBNRM and create win-win scenarios for people and nature.
  • PPPs are successful when they prioritise the needs of local communities and emphasise mutual trust, transparency, and respect for their rights and traditional wisdom, while sharing new technology and expertise.
  • Governments should create the enabling policy conditions to allow PPPs to flourish within their jurisdictions, especially in areas where CBNRM is practised.

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