Are innovation platforms possible institutions for integrated natural resource management practices at landscape level?
Are innovation platforms possible institutions for integrated natural resource management practices at landscape level?wca2014-1957 Verrah A. Otiende 1,*Joseph K. Tanui 1Rick Kamugisha 2Mieke S. Bourne 1Jeremias G. Mowo 1 1Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESA), World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, 2Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESA), World Agroforestry Centre, Kampala, Uganda
The success of any sustainable integrated natural resource management (INRM) initiatives is determined largely by local level solutions derived from community involvement. This is because community members are more cognizant of processes that bind them and therefore have effective possible solutions to their challenges. However, most community members lack the capacity and ability to individually address these challenges. There is need to enhance their capacity and ability so as to gain access to combined knowledge and to leverage complementary assets to address their underlying challenges. This study examines in details the contributions of innovation platforms towards integrated natural resource management using a case study of Kapchorwa District Landcare Chapter (KADLACC) in Uganda. Emerging studies from KADLACC have shown that addressing complex INRM challenges requires an expanded multi-stakeholder process, otherwise known as innovation platforms. The platforms link local level decision making to various levels of governance, and provides for the institutional capacity to improve livelihoods and landscapes. KADLACC has achieved successful experiences by capturing existing social capital through strategic support of farmer groups, community based organizations and institutions in higher levels of governance like the local government units and technical service providers from government line agencies. Bringing together the various actors across all the levels has enabled farmers to build their capacity to formulate and express their needs and concerns thereby being able to connect between individual issues and possible solutions.