Adaptive learning
The knowledge and understanding of CBO leaders on the interlinked aspects of floodplain natural resource management increased. The adaptive learning process proved effective for co-production of knowledge of practical use to floodplain communities.

Workshops among CBOs in each region were the key element coupled with exchange visits across regions and access to a transparent system of small grants (many CBOs also took up improvements in governance and continued good practices without outside funds).

The CBOs became more responsive to the interests of poor people through the learning process. Many CBOs strengthened the role of women after meeting women who already took an active role in resource management.

However, environment, history and the organisational arrangements of CBOs affect some of their opportunities. For example, CBOs formed to manage fisheries based on group fishing and sharing costs and benefits have less scope to diversify membership and resource management than CBOs comprised of a range of stakeholders managing more diverse mix of floodplain cultivated land and water.

The project provided some limited support to CBOs for piloting to address knowledge gaps, but unlike most projects the emphasis is on the CBOs themselves taking initiatives and gaining and sharing knowledge. More than 120 CBOs took up piloting of these various options for integrated or improved floodplain management and most are complementing this by undertaking participatory monitoring to generate evidence for lesson learning.



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