In Defense of Community

In conservation, natural resource management, disaster risk reduction and various other fields, community-based approaches have been very popular, bathed in a glowing light of all that is participatory, bottom-up and democratic.  But they have also attracted a widely...

Four virtues for landscape approaches

In the fields of natural resource management and environmental governance, programs, projects, and advocacy often address structural factors at the community level, the landscape level or the national level, but tend to focus much less on individual behavior, except...

The webinar pandemic

The downside of virtual meetings The COVID lockdowns and travel restrictions have forced people to make more use of virtual meeting technologies.  People are organizing workshops, meetings and other kinds of interactions that in the past would have only happened by...

The inconvenient implications of community-driven development

Motherhood, participatory approaches and apple pie. I’m on the board of an organization that is in the midst of some soul searching about its role in natural resource management, land rights, landscape approaches, and community-based conservation.  These are things...