Success Stories in South Africa Community Based Natural Resource Management
GTZ and the South African government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) have jointly set up a partnership called Training and Support for Resource Management (Transform). This programme assists the poorer strata of South African society to improve their lives through careful and responsible use of the natural resources – such as plants, water, soil, forests and wildlife – that they live with. The Transform programme is community-based and aims to assist rural people to make use of their natural resources in a way that brings tangible (economic) and non-tangible (spiritual and cultural) benefits. The co-operative programme has been in existence since 1996.