We welcome papers from researchers and practitioners that explore the dimensions affecting multi-stakeholder participation in natural resource governance processes and / or identify lessons from widening the participation natural resource governance in developing countries.
There is widespread recognition that the participation of a broad range of government and non-state stakeholders is required for the effective governance and sustainable management of natural resources. However, there are many obstacles to achieving this in practice. The effectiveness of independent monitoring in forestry, for example, is limited by a lack of technical capacity among civil society and community organisations and sustainable and long term sources of funding to allow these organisations to monitor forest law enforcement or the respect of obligations by private sector actors. The enforcement of legal frameworks is undermined by elite capture and corruption and a lack of participation by non-forest agencies within government. In this panel we welcome papers from both researchers and practitioners that i) explore the dimensions affecting levels of multi-stakeholder participation in natural resource governance processes and / or ii) identify lessons from attempts to widen the participation of diverse actors in natural resource governance in developing countries. In order to maximise the linkages between research and practice, the session with include discussant comments from a practitioner in forest governance in the Congo Basin.