Our core business is assisting people to manage their land and ecosystems. We provide support to development, research and policy processes by providing expertise in the following areas:
Land and Natural Resource Governance
We carry out research and support development and policy processes related to the governance and management of land and ecosystems. We have expertise in the following areas:
- Communal land tenure
- Land use planning
- Community land rights
- Community-based natural resource management
- Community-based conservation
- Landscape approaches
Geographic Information Systems, Mapping and Spatial Analysis
We do spatial analysis that investigates important marine and terrestrial processes. Spatial processes we examine include boundaries, ecosystems processes, environmental indicators, resource-based livelihoods, and built environments, from which we develop datasets that can be combined to generate different kinds of maps and to answer questions of relevance for policy, development and conservation.
We also have experience putting the power of mapping into the hands, supporting participatory mapping and participatory GIS.
Participatory Approaches, Multi-stakeholder Engagement and Group Facilitation
Our personnel include skilled facilitators and people with broad experience applying and providing training in the use of participatory approaches. This includes people experienced in:
- Participatory mapping,
- Participatory rangeland management,
- The Community Scorecard approach and other public accountability methods, and
- Participatory Rural Appraisal.
Pastoralism is an often-misunderstood way of life based on creating livelihoods from mobile livestock keeping in dry, unpredictable, and otherwise inhospitable environments. National policies and international development processes have frequently sidelined and even undermined pastoralist livelihoods and traditional resource management systems. However, Ruwaza’s personnel have decades of experience supporting effective education, natural resource management, and land governance programs with pastoralist communities in Latin America and Africa.
What We Do
What We Do