NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENT

Supporting sustainable management of natural resources such as water, forestry, land is the backbone of ORGUT’s experience and competence. With a focus on rural development, best practices in decentralised natural resource management along with rights-based approaches, is supported often with linkages to national or regional reform. Combining good governance and equitable access to natural resources has been a core element in many ORGUT managed programmes as for example in the Sida funded LAMP in Tanzania. ORGUT’s projects in sustainable agriculture, forestry and land use planning have introduced climate change mitigation and adaptation. As a recognized natural resource governance specialist and efficient project manager, ORGUT is increasingly engaged in large-scale water and sanitation sector projects, often linked to water sector reform such as in Palestine and Kenya.

ORGUT puts stress on achieving sustainability in income generation from natural resources. Creating equitable access and local ownership are crucial elements in ORGUT’s approach. ORGUT works with governance aspects and focus on decentralised management models, be it for forests, watersheds, wetlands or wildlife. Extensive piloting in e.g. Tanzania has shown that it is crucial that Governments translate existing Natural Resource Management strategies and legislation into tangible action that reduces poverty in the country, including remote regions. Decentralised NRM approaches are field-tested, rolled out and institutionalised at local governments or entities entrusted with NRM. Awareness is created amongst politicians, bottlenecks removed and the capacity of user associations is built for sustainable harvesting, management and use of income generated. NRM inventories and data verification act as a base for transparent M&E systems and well-documented best practices are shared with central level policy makers.

The poor are often the most vulnerable to changing weather patterns already felt in many countries. ORGUT helps farmers, livestock keepers and ecosystem managers build their resilience to external shocks. With many climate change strategies now in place, ORGUT assists local planners and communities in practical adaptation, mitigation and proofing. New project funding modalities and innovative income generation from natural resources can be introduced by ORGUT project teams.  ORGUT can help private sector investors in complying with ever-more stringent environmental legislation. At central level, ORGUT assists governments in the overall transition to a greener economy.