Adedeji Adeniran, Research Associate at CSEA, joined other researchers and policy makers at a workshop organised by the Global Development Network (GDN) in Dakar, Senegal on April 26, 2014. GDN is a public international organization engaged in building research capacity in economics and social sciences in developing countries.

The workshop tagged “Policy lab on Measurement and Management of Natural Resources” focused on two case studies on the broad topic of Measurement and Management of Natural Resources for Growth and Development. The discussion was aimed at identifying the challenges of natural resource management in resource-rich countries.

The workshop provided a platform for researchers and policymakers to share knowledge on the subject and also identify the gap or challenges which hinder the process of making evidence- informed policy choices.

Adeniran made a presentation on “Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Development: Some Reflections”. His submission was that the key to effective natural resources management is to align environmental sustainability and economic development, which the green economy underscores. In addition, the enormous constraints facing African countries transitioning towards green economy makes it imperative to consider development challenges in order to implement the needful reform.

The workshop was focused on three sub-themes including:

  • Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Protection and Concerns over Environmental Impact
  • Welfare Oriented Management of Extractive Resources
  • What Role for Natural Wealth Accounting?