Where we work: South Africa

Community Leaders Network is a collaborative grouping of rural representatives from Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

CBNRM in South Africa

Unlike most other countries in southern Africa, South Africa does not have an integrated and official CBNRM policy document or white paper although South Africa has a number of Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) principles encapsulated in a range of laws, regulations and programmes distributed across various government departments.

In South Africa, several government departments are practising CBNRM as an approach or methodology without synergy and in most cases with duplication of efforts.

Hence, there is a strong lack of co-ordinated actions as CBNRM is diffused across different government departments. In many instances these departments have limited capacity to implement policy objectives.