Identifying capacity indicators for community-based natural resource management initiatives: focus group results from conservation practitioners across Illinois

Natalie J. Mountjoy, Erin Seekamp, Mae A. Davenport, Matt R. Whiles

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Abstract

The increasing popularity of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) warrants an exploration of the capacity of such initiatives to co-ordinate and implement successful conservation efforts. We used reconstructivist methods - specifically, focus groups with nominal group techniques - to determine 10 key capacity indicators for successful CBNRM. The list comprises motivation, leadership, respect, mutual interest/shared values, outreach/education, marketing, communication, planning, funding and equipment/supplies. Our results can be used by CBNRM groups for capacity-building and self-assessment activities, by bridging organisations to increase the capacity of such initiatives, or by researchers interested in measuring the capacity of community-based groups to achieve their conservation goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-348
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • capacity
  • community-based natural resource management
  • conservation success
  • focus groups
  • reconstructivist techniques

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