Governance of Natural Resources (Agenda 2030)

The use of natural resources has become an issue of survival for humankind, with an increasing world population, rapidly decreasing biodiversity and the loss of forests. Ecosystems often are already damaged beyond their ability to regenerate. The environmental resources: water, air, biomass, fertile soil, biodiversity, ecosystems and their environmental contributions are the foundation of the economy and of our quality of life.

Environmental problems often have local causes, for which there is no blueprint for a solution. Rather, it is necessary to develop tailor-made and customised approaches in cooperation with the local actors in order to limit environmental degradation. Incentive systems must be designed so that a long-term balance between the needs of humans and nature can be established. In particular, the contributions of the ecosystems must be given higher value in order to insure their long-term survival.

The aim is to refute the common initial perception that environmental protection objectives and economic development clash and to avoid potential conflicts of interest or work on them. Ultimately, economic development in the long-term is only possible if the environment and thus the natural resources are maintained, which is why a key component of the approach should be to bring together relevant actors and user groups, in order, through different forms of participation, to develop sustainable solutions and make those decisions together. The governance of natural resources has, therefore become our overarching key issue.


  • Training and advising on the management of natural resources
  • Facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogues and management of collaborations
  • Consulting and training in the valorisation of ecosystem services
  • Advising policymakers on the design of consistent incentive systems
  • Strategy consulting, M&E and Capacity WORKS in environmental programmes
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