Governance of Collective Natural Resources of Fragile Ecosystems in the African Great Lakes Region


The more than 420-page key document, broadly addresses the issue of Collective Natural Resources Governance and is available here: Gouvernance des Ressources Naturelles Collectives des Ecosystèmes Fragiles dans la Région des Grands Lacs Africains


This is the title of a book recently published by Editions du Centre de Recherches Universitaires du Kivu (Kivu Academic Research Centre), co-authored by Pascal Isumbisho Mwapu, Director of the Centre de Recherches Universitaires du Kivu; Innocent Balagizi Karhagomba, Programme Manager of Peasant Action-Research within the NGO DIOBASS and publisher of papers on Kivu’s medicinal and nutritive plants; Sylvain Mapatano, a researcher and Déogratias Niyonkuru, Coordinator of the organization Appui au Développement intégral et à la solidarité sur les collines (Support for full development and solidarity on the hills, ADISCO).


Drafted as part of the "Promoting multi-institutional participatory approaches to good governance of collective natural resources in post-conflict societies of the African Great Lakes countries» project , the book is the fruit of participatory action-research on governance of collective natural resources of fragile ecosystems in the African Great Lakes. The reflection was carried out in the wake of several years of war that have plagued the Great Lakes and amid suggestions from national and international stakeholders that the answer to the crisis lies in political, military and intercommunity relationship arrangements.


The work’s novelty resides in the fact that it addresses the issue of forest governance which has been eroded by years of war, greatly impacting sustainable forest management, with grave consequences for the climate and food security in this part of the continent.


The more than 420-page key document, broadly addresses the issue of Collective Natural Resources Governance and is available here: Gouvernance des Ressources Naturelles Collectives des Ecosystèmes Fragiles dans la Région des Grands Lacs Africains


This special series was produced with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada).


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