Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) for Capacity Building in Southern Africa

Waiting for fishermen to bring a day's catch to the shore on lake Malawi. rel=
Waiting for fishermen to bring a day's catch to the shore on lake Malawi.
© WWF / Hewitt Chizyuka

Goals and objectives

The Regional Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Capacity Building and Training Project, generally referred to as the Regional CBNRM Project, was initiated by WWF Norway and the WWF Southern Africa Regional Programme Office (WWF SARPO) to address CBNRM capacity needs at government departmental, NGO and community levels within seven project countries.

The overall goal of regional CBNRM Project is:
"Improved rural livelihoods at the household level attained through sustainable management of natural resources by communities in Southern Africa."

The project purpose is:
"CBNRM principles, policies and practice adopted as a mainstream strategy in southern Africa for sustainable natural resource management in a manner that promotes equitable access, use and management of natural resources."

Immediate Objectives
The first objective is training and capacity building through partnerships with existing training organisations within the region. This objective promotes the mainstreaming of CBNRM in formal and non-formal educational institutions.

The second objective is to support CBNRM policy development and implementation. This entails policy engagement with governments, wildlife and other resource management departments in the region in order to facilitate and enhance their role in CBNRM and empower them in addressing issues of devolution and proprietorship with confidence.

Contact us

  • Lilian Goredema

    Deputy Programme Coordinator

    WWF Zimbabwe

    +263 4 252533

Countries covered by the Regional CBNRM Project

CBNRM is an approach to conservation and development that recognises the rights of local people to manage and benefit from the management and use of natural resources. It entails transferring back to communities access and use rights, empowering them with legislation and devolved management responsibility, building their capacity and creating partnerships with the public and private sector actors to develop programmes for the sustainable use of a variety of natural resources.

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