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This Category contains information about membership in CBNRM Net, including eligibility, levels of membership, the rights and obligations that comes with the levels of membership, and how to apply for membership.
The guidelines for membership, including specifically the rights and obligations, follow from the fact of what CBNRM Net is: namely a flat and distributed network of like-minded people working on CBNRM in various capacities. If you are interested in participating in CBNRM Net and learning from the experiences of the many members, this means that you also have something to contribute, namely your own knowledge and experience. Thus, members are encouraged - indeed expected - to contribute CBNRM-related information to the Newsletter and the website. A member that does not submit knowledge and information is not contributing to the development of the global CBNRM community of practice and to the CBNRM Net network and its online knowledge database. In effect, this member is benefiting from the knowledge available in the CBNRM Net network and its member in the global CBNRM community of practice without giving anything back.
In paragraph "Levels of membership" below, reference is made to CBNRM information and knowledge. This knowledge typically takes the form of documents, papers and reports that are made available on the website, as well as information on relevant ongoing or planned activities (incl. projects, research, publications, conferences, workshops, training and capacity building), that are made avaiable on the website and in the Newsletter.
Membership is open to development practitioners, researchers, policy makers/managers and others that are interested in CBNRM - as well as related approaches - and their importance for sustainable management of natural resources, and that support them in their own work. Individuals as well as organizations, institutions and NGOs can become members.
General rights and obligations
The following general rights and obligations apply to all levels of membership (for specific rights and obligations see under paragraph "Levels of membership" below):
Levels of membership
There are four levels of membership: (1) Subscribing Member, (2) Regular Member, (3) Contributing Member and (4) Managing Member. For each level of membership the following specific rights and obligations apply (in addition to the general rights and obligations listed above):
Purpose and use of information contained in the Membership Application Forms
Select membership data on position, institutional affiliation, and city and country of residence, as taken from the Membership Application Form, are available in Category Register of Members. Aggregate membership data, including geographical location and thematic foci, are available on the website, and may also be included in the Newsletter. Contact information, including email address, will only be made available upon the written consent of each Member.
Membership information serves two purposes: (1) it provides an overview of the membership (Regular and Contributing Members) that makes it possible to utilize the full networking potential and services of CBNRM Net (see Section Members and also Category Register of Members), and (2) it contributes to prioritizing and targeting CBNRM knowledge and knowledge management in order to provide the kind of CBNRM services on the website and in the Newsletter that members need in their work.