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close this bookSustaining the Future: Economic, Social, and Environmental Change in Sub-Saharan Africa (UNU, 1996, 365 pages)
close this folderPart 4: Institutional issues
close this folderNational, regional, and international cooperation for sustainable environmental and resource management: The place and roles of NGOs
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentInformation sharing
View the documentPartnerships with other institutions
View the documentDialogues with governmental and industry organs
View the documentLinking with policy institutions
View the documentWorking with monitoring institutions for effective implementation and accountability
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Non-governmental organizations have been concerned about the sustainability of resources and have spearheaded strategies for and work in wise resource management. They have done this in many ways. They have been building their own capacities for information generation and packaging in order to reinforce grass-roots efforts. They have been establishing and building partnerships for resource management. They have been bridging gaps between themselves and governmental and industry leaders in order to raise the latter's awareness. NGOs believe that governments and leaders in industry will accept the rigours of sustainable development only after a better appreciation of the costs and benefits of environmental conservation and sound resource management. Awareness might both lead to policies conducive to sustainability and reduce inefficiency in resource use, which is a cause of resource loss. NGOs, therefore, have initiated many ways of working together to strengthen their pioneer work in resource management for sustainability. The coming years will see more links being forged across NGO borders, as NGOs reach out to partners from universities, research and training institutes, governmental organs, and perhaps even industry. Africa's own plight and the globalization of the environment are pushing NGOs in these more accommodating directions.