The international situation with regard to CBNRM
Internationally, work on community-based approaches to identifying, addressing and solving local problems and issues in connection with natural resource management are increasing fast. At the same time there is little contact between these local peoples. Connected with this, there is little concerted effort at managing the growing body of knowledge and making it acessible. Likewise, the lack of contact between practitioners and other CBNRM stakeholders mean that valuable experiences are not shared. This means that the CBNRM agenda is not moving ahead as fast as otherwise might be possible, and a global CBNRM community of practice is only very slowly emerging.
The role of CBNRM Networking
CBNRM Networking is a response to this call. It focuses on capacity-building, networking and training in the area of CBNRM, through providing means for local CBNRM practitioners and stakeholders globally to connect and communicate with like-minded stakeholders and practitioners.
CBNRM Networking has partnered with Supras Consult, a Norwegian consultancy firm. Supras provides advisory and consulting services in natural resource management, knowledge management, capacity-building and ICT-based networking. Together, they manage the Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRM Net).
The key product and focus is the Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRM Net). This is a global and virtual network of CBNRM practitioners – as well as other CBNRM stakeholders – that communicate with each other through use of ICTs, specifically the Internet and email. The CBNRM Net website is a means to: (1) manage the fast growing amount of CBNRM-related knowledge internationally and (2) connect the members of CBNRM Net, both individuals and organisations, with each other (there are currently more than 500 members). The latter is done, among others, by means of the CBNRM Net Newsletter, which is sent to members regularly. To learn about membership, go to the CBNRM Net homepage.