Local Institutional Capacity Building

Evidence from around the world suggests that sustainable use of common property resources can be achieved through the actions of community-based local institutions, providing certain conditions are met. In many cases, local institutions represent adaptive community responses to the need for better resource management in the face of external shocks and pressures, and many wetland-using communities have developed their own systems of governance which are rooted in an understanding of wetland dynamics. Learning the lessons from these institutional arrangements and disseminating good practice for grassroots management has been central to Wetland Action’s work in recent years.