edited by Martha West Lyman and Brian Child
In October, 2003 practitioners from Africa and North America convened in Savannah, Georgia to present the challenges and opportunities of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM). Their conclusion was that CBNRM works, and that it works beyond the aims of traditional conservation programs. It offers a practice that can restore damaged ecological systems, enhance biodiversity, create economic opportunities, expand the civic capacity of communities and act as a catalyst for democratization.

A new book – Natural Resources as Community Assets – brings under one cover the work of experienced CBNRM practitioners.

The publication includes detailed case studies of CBNRM programs in both North America and Africa. It describes new tools for CBNRM practitioners, successful CBNRM programs, and recommendations by practitioners — many of whom have been practicing in the field for over thirty years.

Copies of the book are available from Sand County Foundation
for $25, plus $5 postage and handling (Continental U.S. & Canada)

(Contact Alicia Kopp about orders outside the U.S. & Canada
at 608.663.4605, or akopp@sandcounty.net)

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We encourage you to download one of the following chapters FOR FREE to help you decide. The selection of case studies presents both relative success and relative failure in experiments with the new idea. No book of this size can exhaustively analyze these issues, but readers with special interest in any of them will find in the case studies facets of detail that sparkle in their relevance.


Preface / Forward / Introduction
Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) is a practical approach to working at the nexus of human populations and natural systems. While it is not a universal solution, there is growing evidence that documents CBNRM as a multifaceted and highly effective strategy to promote rural democratization, to improve the performance of rural economies and conservation at the landscape level, and to restore damaged ecosystems and depleted wildlife populations.


Chapter 1:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Principles, practice, and results of CBNRMin southern Africa
Brian Child, Center for African Studies, University of Florida

Many lessons about the practice, performance,and impact of community-based natural resource management come from Southern Africa.This chapter expands on the framework and principles of CBNRM presented in the introduction, and presents substantive data from CBNRM projects in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe that offer a powerful case for the efficacy of CBNRM.


Chapter 2:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
The story of the Randolph Community Forest: Building on local stewardship
David L. Willcox, Town Moderator, Town of Randolph, New Hampshire.

The Randolph story describes the process that led one community to acquire the rights to own and manage the major portion of the town’s productive forest land base and secure access for recreational use and forest management activities.