Managing natural resources sustainably, promoting economic growth

Project description

Title: Natural Resources Stewardship Programme (NatuReS) for Growth
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: European Union (EU), Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and PVH Corp.​​​​​​​
Country: Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: Ethiopia: Environment Protection Authority; South Africa: Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation – Department of Water and Sanitation and Ministry and Department of Trade, Industry and Competition; Tanzania: Ministry of Water; Uganda: Ministry of Water and Environment; Zambia: Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2018 to 2023

People carrying out reforestation work in the Weruweru sub-catchment in northern Tanzania. Copyright: GIZ/Adelaide Mkwawa


Scarce and overexploited natural resources give rise to social and economic risks in Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. These have a detrimental impact on the livelihoods of the people and on the business activities and investments of companies. With the aim of reducing poverty, national development plans in these countries focus on increasing agricultural and industrial activity. In many cases, however, too little consideration is given to social and economic risks arising from the scarcity and endangerment of natural resources this implies.


The social and economic risks caused by the growing scarcity or endangerment of natural resources are reduced.


The project applies a stewardship approach, empowering all users of natural resources to assume responsibility for available resources and develop joint solutions for their sustainable use. 

It supports the establishment of partnerships between actors of the private sector, public authorities and civil society. The project acts as a moderator between the various actors and establishes a basis of trust, thereby helping to increase the success of cooperation and preventing conflict.

The partnerships jointly identify and develop measures to preserve natural resources, to which the private sector makes a significant contribution. The project provides expert advice and supports the introduction of national and international standards on the management of natural resources.

Applying a stewardship approach, the project is a continuation of the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP).

The measures are implemented in close collaboration with bilateral and regional German development cooperation projects.

Other cooperation partners are the United Nations CEO Water Mandate, the Alliance for Water Stewardship and the Water Integrity Network.

Last update: January 2023

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