ZEF theme: Governance, conflicts and natural resources

Governance, conflicts and natural resources

Collective decision-making and governance as well as the absence of appropriate governance structures have a tremendous impact on development processes.

The assessment of centralized as well as decentralized, functional, organizational and segmentary forms of governance arrangements is pivotal in addressing the challenges of natural resources management, including the prevention and management of conflicts. Moreover, inequality is a major concern calling for inclusive development approaches.

The sustainable use and management of natural resources are the major linking elements between this and the other research areas.

  • News

    How Farmers' Organizations can Contribute to Empowering Farmers in Africa
    November 07, 2017.

     by Eli Wortmann-Kolundžija, ZEF News No. 36. Poverty can be understood as the "inability of people to meet economic, social and other standards of well-being" (OECD, 2001, p. 37) and comes along with limitations of personal freedom and opportunities to participate in society." Having abilities to cope with these limitations and to stop perpetuating patterns is one definition of being empowered (Spicker, 2007). Poverty itself needs to be addressed on several levels: the communal, governmental, societal, organizational and the individual level.

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    Indigenous Responses to Deforestation: Land Use and Territorial Conflicts in Paraguay
    November 07, 2017.

     by Marcos Glauser, ZEF News No. 36. The Gran Chaco, the second largest biome of South America, underwent deep and fast environmental changes a few decades ago. In the Paraguayan Chaco, covering sixty percent of the country, changes are mainly related to the country’s development model: The government has promoted rapid economic growth through large-scale soybean cultivation and livestock farming over the past years.

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    Striving for Sustainable Bioeconomics: STRIVE Project at ZEF
    November 07, 2017.

     by Jan Janosch Förster, ZEF News No. 36. The project STRIVE (Sustainable TRade and InnoVation transfer in the bioEconomy: from national strategies to global sustainable development goals) aims to improve the knowledge base for developing sustainable bioeconomy policies and investments. A main research focus is on national and international regulatory frameworks.

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