The majority of population in sub-Saharan Africa remain rural-based and reliant on natural resources. Users draw upon the various resources (land, forests, fish, grass, water, wildlife) for composite economic, social and cultural benefits. If managed holistically and accessed equitably, these commons can remain highly productive and sustainable across generations, and could greatly contribute towards attainment of sustainable development goals.
SAITA research on natural resource management relates to sustainable and equitable utilization of land, fisheries, water, forests and non-renewable resources (e.g. minerals) based on fundamentals, principles and concepts of ecosystems approach, rights-based systems, sustainable livelihoods, food and nutrition security, political ecology, political economy, climate change and the governance approach.