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Local governance institutions for sustainable natural resource management in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger

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Abstract: This paper focuses on local governance institutions in relation to natural resource entitlements, use and decision-making on management in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. In these countries, most poor people live in rural areas and depend for their livelihoods on a combination of rain-fed crop farming, and extensive livestock rearing, supplemented with the gathering of wood, grasses and fruits. A more productive use of natural resources could contribute to increasing food security and raising incomes among the rural poor in the Sahel. The paper is part of a larger policy study commissioned by the Danish Agency for International Development (Danida) looking at experiences with natural resources management for the purpose of food and income generation. The aim of the study was to identify trends and changes related to natural resource management which are relevant to planning and targeting development assitance. This study explores the range of local governance institutions that exist, per type of natural resource best managed at this level; the prevailing local institutions for governing natural resources; and current trends. Particular attention is paid to the influence of customary institutions, projects interventions, and democratic decentralisation. The paper ends with a brief discussion of possible ways in which development agencies can support local governance institutions for natural resources management.
Authors: Hilhorst, T.
Series Title: KIT Working papers series
Country: Burkina Faso , Mali , Niger
Category: Practice
Serial number: WPS.G1
ISSN: 1876-4142
Keywords: natural resources , governance , participation
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: iii, 25
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Year: 2008
Region: Africa , West Africa
Right: © 2008 Royal Tropical Institute. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
Subject: Environment and Natural Resources
Title: Local governance institutions for sustainable natural resource management in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger