Natural resources are critically important both for the economies and the politics of many federal—and decentralizing—countries. There is no standard approach across federations to the ownership and management of natural resources or to the imposition and sharing of governmental revenues from them. This variety of experience provides the basis for valuable comparative analysis and dialogue on dealing with natural resources in a decentralized context.
The issue is important for the countries themselves, which can face serious economic, social and environmental challenges and conflicts around natural resources. It can also be important for the larger international community in terms of a more balanced global economic development, opportunities for investment, and protection of the global environment.
The main purpose of the program on natural resource management is to enhance the quality of dialogue within federations and devolved regimes around natural resource issues by helping them to understand the variety of options, with their pros and cons. It builds on the previous work of the Forum on non-renewable resources and Water management in federal systems.
For further inquiries please contact Diana Chebenova at Chebenova@forumfed.org