Co-organized and hosted by the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC)
The objective of this training workshop was to highlight collective action and property rights issues in environmental governance, in order to better understand the considerations for improved natural resource management (NRM) that sustain rural livelihoods.
In the training course, environmental governance is, broadly, looked at to include environmental measures and policies, as well as the institutions for collective actions and property rights (both state and community arrangements) for participatory formulation, development, and implementation of policies for natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods.
The following is a list of key themes covered during the training workshop:
- The Institutions of Collective Action, Property Rights, and Environmental Governance: Concepts and Application
- Gender Aspects in Natural Resource Management
- Multiple users and uses in dryland management
- Research Methods in Natural Resource Management
25 researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners (NGO staff and representatives of donor organizations) from 4 South Asian countries were trained to gain theoretical understanding of the concepts behind property rights, collective action, and environmental governance and the inter-relationships between them. They further acquired skills in identifying and analyzing property rights, collective action, and environmental governance problems and, following the course, will be able to develop a realistic action plan to address related concerns.
Different approaches will be employed to foster maximum learning. This included a combination of the use of theoretical materials, case studies from South Asia and interactive exercises to illustrate the applications, working group discussions, and field visits.
The materials were presented through lectures and case presentations, but also included individual reflections and panel discussions to stimulate active exchange of views and sharing of experiences among the participants and the trainers and the creation of a network that can last beyond the training.