Facilitating Networks to Support
Processes in Cambodia
Creating partnerships is a key strategy in facilitating Community–Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). Unless adequate networking mechanisms and facilitation support are built into CBNRM processes, community management plans and maps alone will do little to enhance local situations or engage critical provincial and national actors.
This paper examines the role that one project team, Participatory Management of Mangrove Resources (PMMR), has taken in creating relationships to support CBNRM. Relationships, in this case, occur at various scales (international, national, provincial and community) and take place in various forms, i.e., through partnerships, through networks, and through facilitation by the PMMR project team (referred to as PMMR in this paper). A field experience relating to illegal mangrove cutting highlights the role of such relationships.
Adapted from a chapter
Tyler, S. (ed). Community–Based
Natural Resource Management:
Action Research and Policy
Change in Asia. Ottawa: IDRC
Books, forthcoming 2005.
PMMR and Creating Partnerships
PMMR, funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC), is a research
team composed of government staff, at the national and provincial levels, from various
technical departments. PMMR’s main focus is to research how local–level resource
management institutions can engage in resource management and how local
livelihoods can be enhanced. The team has worked to establish good relationships and
cooperation with all governmental levels: the PMMR team facilitates between the
national level government and local people. In the capacity building of provincial and
local authorities, the PMMR team has held many training courses and sent provincial
and local leaders to participate in training courses on mangrove forest management in
Thailand and local villagers on study tours to other areas in Cambodia working on
community–based resource management.