TNRC Pilot Projects

Image representing TNRC's four focus areas: wildlife, fisheries, forests, and finance

Targeting Natural Resource Corruption

Harnessing knowledge, generating evidence, and supporting innovative policy and practice for more effective anti-corruption programming

Pilot Projects

Vida Silvestre

Vida Silvestre (WWF’s partner organization in Argentina) will work on addressing corruption that undermines effective fisheries governance. The pilot will pursue two interventions to achieve this: introducing an electronic fisheries information system and advocating for the passage of national traceability law. It will adopt a politically informed approach to this.

WWF Guatemala

WWF Guatemala will examine how corruption enables the illegal hunting and trade in jaguars and undermines their conservation status in the Maya Biosphere. The work will be undertaken from both a “top down” and “bottom up” perspective. The project will use a mixed methods approach, including a political economy lens and institutional risk assessment (if possible) to understand the interweaving influence of organized crime, illegal markets, and politics as well as institutional, historical, and ecological differences in areas of the Multiple-Use and Buffer Zones of the Maya Biosphere. Once the analysis is finalized the project will develop interventions in partnership with CONAP and local communities to address the findings. This pilot will generate a multitude of lessons learned related to applying political economy to wildlife conservation as well as the bottom up and top down approaches to closing corruption opportunities and vulnerabilities.

WWF Nepal

WWF Nepal will take a human rights-based approach to understanding and addressing issues related to governance in six Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs) and how corruption undermines good governance within them. A participatory assessment exploring the socio-political context will engage marginalized groups (poor women, Dalit, and indigenous people) as a way to begin strengthening their political participation in the CFUG in order to improve the CFUG’s accountability and governance. The findings will refine the pilot’s plans to provide training to duty bearers, rights bearers, and both state and non-state actors. Altogether, the pilot will seek to generate learning on the effectiveness of participatory, rights-based interventions to build transparency and accountability, closing opportunities for corruption in community forest governance.

WWF Peru

WWF Peru is trialing an electronic permitting app to enable small scale fishermen to more easily obtain relevant permits and reduce instances of bribe paying. This pilot will test whether introducing electronic permitting, which has the preliminary support of local fishers, can eliminate that opportunity. The app will be rolled out to fishers in three communities who will be provided support throughout the life of the pilot. Effectiveness will be assessed using participatory methods to collect the experiences of fishers and risk to be participants will be mitigated in part by using data collection methods that support anonymity.

WWF Kenya

WWF Kenya will build on its work introducing key pieces of monitoring technology with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to work to further reform and enhance the management systems of KWS in order to reduce opportunities for corruption in Tsavo and Nakuru. The pilot will test whether the strengthening of management systems further enhances and compliments the technology introduced to assist rangers with detecting poachers and reducing the risk of corruption.

WWF Adria

WWF Adria will experiment with increasing citizen engagement in spatial planning to reduce the influence of special interest groups that can override environmental acts, increasing their wealth and harming free flowing rivers. The team will identify the most ideal points in the spatial planning process for increased citizen engagement and deliver training that can support interested stakeholders. If successful, the pilot will increase transparency, increase the perceived value of citizen engagement in decision making, and help preserve protected areas.

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