Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology (Denmark)

Nordisk Fond for Miljø og Udvikling

Akronym: NORDECO

NORDECO is a non-profit charity foundation in in Greenland/Denmark that develops tools and methods, carries out research, connects people and institutions, builds capacity, and supports hands on field projects. Founded in 1991, NORDECO focuses on the goal of supporting local, innovative conservation and development initiatives in remote communities.

The foundation has a long history of working with research, capacity-building and technical assistance in community-based natural resource management throughout coastal areas, wetlands and terrestrial areas. This includes twenty years of experience developing, testing and institutionalising participatory resource monitoring.

Globally, NORDECO has spearheaded the development of bottom-up approaches to natural resource monitoring and management, where local people and government staff are directly involved in data collection and interpretation, and where monitoring is linked to the decisions of local people, using methods that are simple, cheap and require few resources. Such approaches can help generate transparency, accountability and local ownership in sustainable natural resource management initiatives.

In Greenland, NORDECO has assisted the Government in conjunction with local partners to establish community-based natural resource monitoring in seven communities in Qeqertalik and Avannaata Kommunia (; In Arctic Russia, NORDECO is working with local partners to provide indigenous communities with further tools and practical experience in order to engage in a constructive, data-based dialogue on pastureland management with the government.




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