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Natural Resource Management

Pact works with local communities and governments to forge effective management systems and build responsible nature-based enterprises, allowing people to benefit from their natural environment.



people that benefited from improved natural resource management in 2016

Pact's promise is a world where resource-dependent communities gain lasting benefit from the sustainable use of the natural resources around them.

Natural resources are just that: resources to be used by those who depend on them, often families with few options who live in or near the forests, croplands, streams and rivers we seek to preserve.

Pact’s practical approach to natural resource management focuses on the interdependencies of nature and people, to the benefit of both.

We believe people and the environment can mutually flourish if stakeholders are involved in solutions.

That’s why Pact works in partnership with communities, institutions and governments to responsibly conserve, sustain and manage natural resources. Our people-centered approach focuses on empowering communities to make their own resource management decisions, working within the realities of population pressure, poverty, an increasing demand for energy and resources and the impacts of a changing climate. Whether the goal is improved biodiversity, conservation or more diversified and profitable livelihoods, people are the key to achieving meaningful results.

Pact ensures stakeholders gain the skills and abilities they need to better manage and sustainably use their natural resources.

Our integrated approach links conservation to livelihoods, governance, knowledge management, conflict resolution, equity and the strengthening of local, regional and national institutions.

In the end, our work benefits both nature and those who rely on nature, so that sustainable environments allow those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization to become heard, capable and vibrant.

Our NRM Work in Action

The FISH project in Malawi

December 19, 2017
The fish in lakes Chilwa, Chiuta, Malombe, and Malawi are a precious natural resource and the pride of Malawi. The Fisheries Integration of...

New USAID program to promote smart growth and investment in Asia

October 4, 2017
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a five-year regional program to promote private finance and...

In Ethiopia, forest communities' voices heard loud and clear

September 15, 2017
In 2010, during the USAID-funded Cultural Dialogue Initiative project, Pact’s Ethiopia team supported eight kebeles, or villages, to...
Dirk Jan Koch and Jolien Van Ooijen observing the WORTH for miners module.

Government of Netherlands Special Envoy on Natural Resources visits Pact in Goma

July 10, 2017
On June 7, Pact’s office in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, received a delegation from the Government of the Netherlands. The...

For women who mine gemstones in Tanzania, knowledge is economic power

April 25, 2017
Last year, as part of its Mines to Markets program, Pact launched a partnership with Gemological Institute of America to test a new rough...

Pact’s Integrated Approach to Natural Resource Management

April 19, 2017
Around the world, Pact is taking on environmental challenges in partnership with local communities, building their capacity to responsibly...

‘If people cannot eat, we will never succeed’: How integrated development is saving Liberia’s forests

April 10, 2017
With some of the richest biodiversity on the planet, Liberia's forests must be preserved. But for communities who depend on them for a...

‘I never had this idea before’: In Liberia, using entrepreneurship to improve lives & forests

March 22, 2017
Patricia Wantoe never earned income before joining a Pact WORTH group. Today, her business is supporting her family, and she's no longer...

In Cambodia, a mining company & an indigenous village are working together for better development

November 28, 2016
In Peak Village, Pact and a local NGO are helping to build a new, collaborate approach.

With Pact’s support, Cambodian banks commit to developing sustainable financing principles

September 27, 2016
The Association of Banks in Cambodia (ABC) has taken its first major step toward sustainable lending practices by committing to develop...