Partnerships for improved governance | WWF India

Partnerships for improved governance

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WWF-India seeks to forge partnerships to influence policies and institutional mechanisms for community-led conservation and effective resource governance

Taking cognizance of broader policy-regulatory frameworks to engage more effectively with local governance and administrative machinery, the programme seeks synergy and alignment between WWF conservation goals and the larger conservation and development goals of the state. To effectively use the existing policies for conservation and community development, it is crucial to undertake research, analysis, and establish effective institutional frameworks. Research and advocacy help in making strong arguments and promoting the case of conservation at local, state and national levels. Information dissemination and wider communication with target stakeholders/actors (CBOs, decision makers, the judiciary, lending agencies/donors and the corporate sector) as well as development of joint strategies for all key priority areas for lobbying and advocacy for conservation and social-economic development is also important.

Ensuring appropriate policy mechanisms that can support both conservation and equity goals is an ongoing challenge in the face of rapid economic growth. For effective environmental governance, it is important that the civil society organizations analyse and influence the policy-making process, leading to equitable and sustainable management of natural resources.

WWF-India needs to keep working through various platforms like of the Civil Society Collaboration for Environmental Governance, that seeks a more effective, efficient and decentralized environmental governance.

WWF aims to strategically influence policy through:
  1. Action research to assess impacts of existing policies and its implementation status
  2. Carry out analysis of emerging issues and policies that have a bearing on community roles in conservation
  3. Participation in Government and NGO processes around policy formulation and review
  4. Wider flow of communication and information dissemination to key stakeholders/actors (includes key decision makers, the judiciary, lending agencies/ donors and the corporate sector; and
  5. Joint lobbying and advocacy
 
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Established collaborations and networks for sustainable management of resources and community development
WWF will network with grass root NGOs to build capacities, provide technical support and leverage government funds to undertake appropriate livelihood activities. This may involve piloting a programme on livelihoods through NGO involvement, with small investment in infrastructure and productive assets and training individuals on livelihoods and marketing skills.

WWF will also build local and nested platforms for NGOs and CSOs to achieve synergy in action and purpose for convergence and collective action on issues of strategic importance to conservation and community development. WWF-India would provide a platform to bring the government and NGOs together to facilitate debate, promote common action and advance partnerships.
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