Final Project Publication, West Africa Project

Conflict, Social Capital and Managing Natural Resources: A West African Case Study

Ed. K. Moore (Virginia Tech). CABI Publishing, Oxford, UK. 2005.

The Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM) Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP)-West Africa Project designed and implemented a program to develop and test an approach to address issues surrounding decentralization, conflict, and NRM. The driving force behind the approach is the need to find long-term solutions to complex natural resource management problems. In dealing with conflict over natural resources, it is important to implement short-term conflict resolution/management strategies, as well as address the underlying causes generating conflict situations. This book describes the SANREM Project approach, focusing on long-term consensus building, the provision of social infrastructure as a platform for change, and improved agricultural and natural resource technologies and decision making tools.