Seeking to conserve sites of biological and ecological importance outside the protected area network, conservation organizations are increasingly working with local communities, the original and ultimate stewards of the sites. In most cases, local people are aware of environmental problems; with training and capacity building they become enthusiastic protectors of critical natural sites. Donor-funded projects to sup- port local community groups, however, last only a few years. It is therefore important to build the capacity of local conservation groups to stand on their own; and to en- gage with local, regional and national government to influence government policies and legislation.
This publication explores different ways in which local conservation groups, backed by national NGOs that are BirdLife Partners, have engaged with government at Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) near Lake Victoria. Their experiences are documented in five case studies.
Citation: Thomas, D., Kariuki, M., Magero, C. and Schenk, A. 2016. Local people and government working together to manage natural resources: Lessons from the Lake Victoria Basin. BirdLife Africa, Nairobi.