CBNRM, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Livelihoods: Developing Criteria for Evaluating the Contribution of CBNRM to Poverty Reduction and Alleviation in Southern Africa

"This research paper explores the relationships between community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), poverty reduction/alleviation and rural livelihoods. The objectives of this paper are as follows: • to explore the current understanding of the nature and root causes of poverty as well as the actions and activities needed to address poverty • to explore the nature of the constraints and challenges to developing sustainable livelihoods in southern Africa • to explore the aims and objectives of CBNRM and the nature of its impacts in southern Africa • to analyse the impacts of CBNRM in the region from a poverty reduction and/ or alleviation perspective • to develop a set of realistic expectations of how CBNRM can contribute to poverty reduction and alleviation • to suggest some criteria that can be used to evaluate the contribution of CBNRM to poverty reduction and alleviation in southern Africa."