Building capacity to assess and manage environmental resource conflict

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WorldFish works to strengthen livelihoods and enhance food and nutrition security by improving fisheries and aquaculture. Part of CGIAR, WorldFish has a 40-year track record of scientific research in developing economies of Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

“This work is important because it moves us from analysis of the problems to a strong engagement in working with local actors – farmers, fishers, government agencies, civil society groups, and investors – in finding solutions. Using the resources from this partnership, we’re advocating for governments and development agencies to integrate collaborative dialogue about environmental resources into program and policy implementation.”

– Alexander Carius, Managing Director, Adelphi

Adelphi is a leading Berlin-based independent think tank and public policy research institute working to improve global governance in the domain of climate, environment and development. Adelphi works with governments, international organizations, businesses and nonprofits to design strategies for addressing global challenges.

Using the Collaborating for Resilience approach, WorldFish and Adelphi co-led action research in large lake systems in Uganda (Lake Victoria), Zambia (Lake Kariba), and Cambodia (Tonle Sap Lake). This engaged a network of national partners, including research institutes such as Makerere University in Uganda, government agencies such as the Department of Fisheries in Zambia, and NGOs such as the Cambodia Development Resource Institute. Field testing led to a jointly-produced suite of resources for policy stakeholders and practitioners, with tools for participatory analysis of resource conflict and competition, and strategies for conflict transformation.

Documented outcomes of the partnership include:

•       Improved collaboration and dialogue among community groups, NGOs, and government in each of the focal countries

•       New and successful engagement with private investors, including agreements to secure community access rights to land and water ways and create local jobs

•       Influence on government priorities addressing community livelihoods, including increased responsiveness of government to local needs

•       New sources of support to scale out local innovations, addressing related resource and livelihood challenges