Natural Resource Governance Trainers’ Manual Released at the 5th Asia RCF

18 October 2011 | Article

Joint efforts of IUCN and its Member brings out the first natural resource governance report in Asia.

A first of its kind in Asia, IUCN and one of its Members, The Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC), released the “Natural Resource Governance Trainers’ Manual” at the 5th Asia RCF on the opening day event, September 27, 2011. According to Ms Patti Moore, Head of the IUCN Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, Asia, this has been the fruit of six years of efforts from IUCN, RECOFTC and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and their combined resources to offer sound theory and good practical guidance for teaching and learning about natural resource governance.

“Governance is the keystone of sound natural resource management. Its core principles –- accountability, transparency, participation, and the rule of law – are at the heart of the efforts being made at local, national, bilateral and multilateral levels to ensure that decisions that affect natural resources and resource users are well-informed and implemented equitably. We hope that those who teach and those who learn from it will each contribute to strengthening natural resource governance in their own spheres of influence and that their efforts contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and ensuring environmental sustainability,” said Ms Moore.

“Many people talk about governance, but few understand it. This training manual would help trainers the concept into something practical,” said Mr Ronnakorn Triraganon, Senior Programme Officer at RECOFTC. “Members can take this as a basis or reference to modify and adapt in order to design and develop a training programme for themselves and their contexts to spread education of natural resource management with stakeholders including grassroots organisations and government offices. This would help in understanding the current situation of governance and identify interventions for improvement,” he further added.