Improving support for enhancing livelihoods of the rural poor

A new innovative FAO inter-departmental programme on Improving Support for Enhancing Livelihoods of the Rural Poor, supported by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, began in January 2002. FAO Forestry Department is leading the natural resource conflict management component of this five-year programme in close collaboration with other FAO departments and Livelihood Programmes.

The natural resource conflict management sub-programme aims to improve the capacity of FAO and partner agencies in dealing with natural resource conflict management based on sustainable livelihood principles. The programme focuses on forestry, fisheries and land tenure related conflicts and has been designed with the following objectives in mind:

  • Develop a set of field-tested and adapted training materials on natural resource conflict management based on sustainable livelihoods principles.
  • Create a pool of resource people capable of providing training in and / or applying natural resource conflict management; and
  • Enhance awareness and improve knowledge of FAO and international partners on introducing conflict considerations in planning, implementation and monitoring of projects.

In addition, the natural resource conflict management sub-programme seeks to:

  • Assist partner organisations and member countries in assessing conflict situations and choosing the appropriate conflict management approach to manage / resolve the issues at stake.
  • Document experiences made in the application of negotiation and mediation techniques in a range of situations to illustrate the scope and limitations of the approach and to improve conflict management procedures which are adapted to the local circumstances.

last updated:  Thursday, December 22, 2005