Exploring barriers and incentives to digital solutions in Natural Resource Management

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Anna Colquhoun; Leila Guici; Xiaoting Hou-Jones
International Institute for Environment and Development
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There is increasing evidence that digital solutions can significantly improve the efficiency, responsiveness and efficacy of natural resource management activities. However, current evidence on best practices for improving digital technology adoption among indigenous peoples and local communities in natural resource management is fragmented, making it difficult for stakeholders to identify opportunities or replicate successes.

This study explores the barriers and best practices for digital technologies to support locally-led nature actions. Drawing on desk research, stakeholder consultations and lessons learned from three case studies in Asia and Africa, it presents common challenges faced when designing digital solutions for NRM and recommends steps for developing new ones.