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Incorporating integrated natural resource managment principles in teaching and research

In collaboration with partners, CDI supported the institutionalisation of Integrated Natural Resource Management principles into the practices and strategies of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at KNUST, Ghana.

Official project title: Institutionalization of Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) principles and approaches in the strategy and academic programmes of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

As part of a consortium of Dutch development cooperation organisations led by Tropenbos International, CDI engaged in an eight  year project to mainstream INRM principles in the teaching and research programmes of CANR, one of the six Colleges of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. The aim of the project was to enhance CANR’s capacities to address complex problems related to natural resources and the agricultural environment.

The project was funded by NUFFIC as part of the initiative to strengthen the INRM capabilities among environment related organisations, contributing to sustainable environmental management and development in Ghana.

With a strong focus on stakeholder engagement, the INRM principles were integrated into strategic and academic programmes of the College, requiring enhanced staff capacities and adaptation of academic programmes, work processes, budgets and strategic plans.

The needs and knowledge of stakeholders contributes to the development and review of these programmes on an on-going basis; something seen as integral in addressing the increasingly complex problems in the NRM domain. The underlying principle of the project was the notion that stakeholders in NRM in Ghana can enhance their effectiveness and impact when managing natural resources in a more problem-oriented and integrated, interdisciplinary manner.

As a result of the project, CANR staff have increased capacities to design and deliver learning programmes for different target groups. Continuous stakeholder engagement ensures the practicality and applicability of these programmes and assists in the integration of the new approach in associated institutions and organisations.

In support of the project, CDI applied its expertise and experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, developed staff capacities through trainings and workshops and provided technical knowledge where necessary. As a spin-off of this project CANR  partnered with CDI in hosting the Adaptive Management of Natural Resources short-course, further developing its capacity as an important knowledge broker.