ANREMI Community Participatory Natural Resources Management Approach involves community members in the process of managing their natural resources. Public institutions or officials and community-based organizations who use community participatory management methods aim is to give voice to all stakeholders, especially local residents from disadvantaged communities because of various factors such as bad leadership, poor organizational structure, or geographical location that make this group of population become often overlooked in the local management, planning, and implementation process.
Engaging community members in the natural resources management and planning process have proven to have numerous advantages over its disadvantages such as:
Community residents and other local stakeholders have knowledge about the social, economic, political, and physical environment of their communities that outsiders cannot understand through technical and intellectual analysis. This community knowledge may make the difference between the success and failure of a natural resources management new project.
Community participatory natural resources management or (CPNRM) creates ownership at the community level and provides the foundation for effective action that ensures long term sustainability of the project. When residents are empowered through the management process of their natural resources, then they become advocates and sustainable partners for the interventions proposed.This brings accountability and transparency of the project visible in the community.
Majority of development partners, governments, and international community donors have failed to make any significant changes in the lives of the people they tend to help because they have forgotten the simple secret of CPNRM). They either forget to involve community members deliberately or due to ignorance in planning and management process of the project because of relying on their technical ‘expertise’ making important decisions on the future of communities solely thinking that they know much better than the local people. However, before it is too long they realize that there is a higher risk of failure. Although some developmental ‘experts’ may think they understand the community’s situation better than local residents because of their education or training, they end up missing key ingredients of the community based management of local natural resources, which is crucial for effective natural resources management for both the wider nation and the community to ensure a lasting stability.
At ANREMI we believe in participation and utilize community participatory methods in our indigenous communities to ensure accountability. We use tools, like academic research, surveys, interviews, focus groups, and community social forums to involve community stakeholders in educating them about management and planning process to ensure that people enjoy benefits that come from their own natural resources and participation.