The region’s biodiversity will also be conserved while producer communities' livelihoods will improve significantly. This is because CBNRM supports biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction strategies through CBO capacity building, natural resource management training and policy development and implementation.
CBNRM in Southern Africa is therefore an approach to conservation and development that recognises the rights of local people to manage and benefit from natural resources, ultimately to the conservation of those resources.
At government levels
...this involves devolving control and management responsibilities to local people through appropriate legislation and natural resources management policy.
At community levels
...it necessitates building the technical, organisational and institutional capacity of CBOs to enable them to assume management responsibilities.