Capacity building and networking in community-based NRM

ad517e0f"Adaptive Learning and Linkages in Community-Based Natural Resource Management (ALL in CBNRM)" was a collaborative program aimed at capacity building and networking in Southeast Asia. Using participatory development approaches the participants were able to share and adapt their knowledge and experiences in community-based NRM.


"Adaptive Learning and Linkages in Community-Based Natural Resource Management" (ALL in CBNRM)


Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam


College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines Los Baños and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC-Canada), in cooperation with the CBNRM Learning Center (CBNRM LC), International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), International Potato Center-Users' Perspectives with Agricultural Research and Development (CIP-UPWARD), and the Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC)


Natural Resource Management

Overview of activities: 

ALL in CBNRM evolved from its earlier phases, the Isang Bagsak Pilot Phase and the Isang Bagsak Southeast Asia, and focused on adaptive and social learning among CBNRM practitioners in the Asian region. The programme emphasized collective learning based on the lessons learned and experiences in CBNRM of the participants using participatory development approaches. By strengthening individuals' and organizations' capacities in sustainable natural resource management, it sought to contribute to rural poverty alleviation, food security, and environmental sustainability.


Implemented in 2006-2008, the programme enabled networking and partnerships among organizations involved in CBNRM through nine learning groups with different CBNRM thematic foci and organizational thrusts in six Southeast Asian countries.
Both face-to-face and online modalities (i.e., workshops, team discussions, e-forum) were used to facilitate learning within and among these groups. Moreover, the programme used participatory development approaches such as: participatory research and development, participatory monitoring and evaluation, participatory development communication (PDC), and social and gender analysis.

Major outcomes/impact:

The programme contributed to social, economic, ecological, and political outcomes in sustainable development.

Social outcomes:

a. Strengthened collaboration and partnerships
b. Building trust and gaining respect of stakeholders in CBNRM
c. Increased participation of women in CBNRM
d. Strengthening of community-based organizations

Economic outcomes:

a. Livelihood improvement
b. Improved agricultural value chain analysis
c. Community participation in agricultural technology development

Ecological outcome:

Promotion of sustainable development through the combination of wise use and protection of natural resources

Political outcomes:

a. Identification of priority issues in NRM policy and practice
b. Involvement of various stakeholders (include local policy officials) in addressing NRM issues

Various learning resources on the use of participatory development approaches in CBNRM (guidebooks, brochures and leaflets, video presentations, photo calendar) were also developed and distributed to community members, researchers, local government officials, and international development organizations.


The following were the major lessons learned from the programme:

1. Adaptive and collaborative programme implementation as contributory to ALL in CBNRM's success
2. Nurturing partnerships to facilitate smooth inter-institutional program management
3. Effectiveness of networking among stakeholders in CBNRM


Maria Celeste H. Cadiz, Program Coordinator -

The project report is available here.