FCMC continues collaboration on Natural Resource Governance Framework

FCMC continues collaboration on Natural Resource Governance Framework
From July 21 to 24, 2013 Dr. Janis Alcorn, FCMC’s Deputy Director for Social and Environmental Soundness, participated in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Inception Workshop for the Natural Resources Governance Framework (NRGF) in Airlie Center, Virginia.
The NRGF initiative of IUCN and its Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) aims to develop innovative tools and processes for improving natural resource governance. Poor natural resource governance has been an enduring challenge for decades, and improving governance is essential to control the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation for successful mitigation and adaptation to climate change.


To address this sticky problem, the NRGF is intended to develop a robust, credible process for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of natural resource governance, and supporting improved decision-making and accountabilities in the planning and implementation of policies, programs and projects that affect natural resources.

Dr. James Murombedzi, of the Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and CEESP, gave the plenary presentation focusing on how good governance depends on the roles balanced between the state, civil society, and the market. FCMC's Dr. Janis Alcorn introduced the session on "What is a Framework" – to kick off discussion of the values and principles that form the foundation for the NRGF. Dr. Mike Jones of the Stockholm Resilience Center led an evening seminar on Resilience in the Context of Climate Change, and challenged participants to use resilience theory to shape the NRGF. Joji Carino, Executive Director of the Forest Peoples Program, detailed lessons for building NRGF based on her experiences with the World Dams Commision Framework which lays out a process for rights holders and risk holders to assess and reach decisions about a proposed development activity. Mayra Tenjo of the Latin American Institute for an Alternative Society and Law (ILSA) led a spirited discussion on the importance of intercultural communication and mutual respect for achieving governance improvements. There was general agreement that the NRGF must be developed in close collaboration from partners in geographic regions in order to be adapted to the different cultural and governance contexts.

From WCEL, participants included legal experts from the Organization of American States, American University Law School, Environmental Law Institute, and Center for International Environmental Law. WCEL participants are leading the Task Force on Values and Principles for the NRGF. A follow up NRGF meeting was hosted by IUCN's Environmental Law Centre in Bonn on August 12 and 13.

For more information about NRGF, please click here.

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