SNAPP TEAM:Natural Resource Governance
What practical guidance can help strengthen community-level natural resource governance systems?

In recent years there has been an encouraging shift within the conservation community away from top-down, government-run, exclusionary protected areas, towards a recognition of and support for the effective stewardship of nature by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs). A key part of this positive trend is increasing investment by civil society groups in support of IPLC efforts to steward their lands and waters through effective governance and and management of the access and use of natural resources.

However, there remains gaps in our knowledge and understanding of a) what factors are requisites for effective community-level governance and how we might measure changes in these factors over time, and b) how IPLCs and their supporters may take practical actions to strengthen community-level governance systems to deliver effective stewardship in an uncertain future. This SNAPP working group aims to fill these knowledge gaps and help communities strengthen their governance systems and enable more effective and sustainable management of natural resources under their jurisdiction.


OUR APPROACH: This working group will synthesize decades of case studies about  Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ efforts to attain the authority, capacity and power they need to govern access to and use of natural resources within their lands and waters effectively.

This working group is supported through the generosity of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies to advance Indigenous Peoples and Local Community-leadership in conserving the planet’s natural patrimony.

Team Status: NEW
Team Critical Challenge: Social Innovations
  • Develop practical, field-proven guidance for community groups, conservation practitioners and grant-making organizations on how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of community-level natural resource governance 
  • Develop guidance about how best to target assistance to strengthen community governance of natural resources
  • Create a decision tree for community groups and conservation practitioners to determine what field-proven approaches would help strengthen community governance of natural resources across diverse contexts
Barbara Nakangu
WWF Netherlands
Erica Rieder
North Carolina State University
David Wilkie
Wildlife Conservation Society
Gabby Ahmadia
World Wildlife Fund and Alliance for Conservation Evidence
Alex Barrett
Fauna & Flora International
Jessica Campese
Jayanand Derekar
Kunabi Indigenous Peoples India
Ian Deshmukh
Gund Institute
Diane Detoeuf
Wildlife Conservation Society
Phil Franks
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Ashish John
WCS Cambodia
Justin Kenrick
Forest Peoples Program
Stephany Kersten
Well Grounded
Zulema Lehm
WCS Bolivia
Yuta Masuda
The Nature Conservancy
Enkhtuya Oidov
The Nature Conservancy
Michael Painter
Jesse Ribot
American University
Basilia Shivute
IRDNC Namibia
Michelle Wieland
Lauren Williams
Tetra Tech/WRI
Peter Zahler
Woodland Park Zoo
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