Workshop Themes

Day 1 
Introducing HIMA Governance System; Develop Implementation Framework; Bridging the Gap Between Traditional HIMA System and Global HIMA Initiative


Day 2 
Develop Action Plans to Implement the HIMA Global Initiative


Day 3 
Design a Methodological Framework for an Inter-Disciplinary Multi-Dimensional Research Work Based on Days 1 & 2

In recognition of people’s rights in traditional knowledge, cultural values and ethics in the development process, the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), the United Nations University (UNU), and Newcastle Institute for Research on Environmental Sustainability (NIReS) have jointly proposed implementing the Hima system, as an alternative response, and a community-based natural resources management and conservation system. HIMA seeks to protect areas of land by encouraging local stewardship and integrating social and environmental priorities.

Newcastle Institute for Research on Environmental Sustainability’s (NIReS) and the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences have been involved in developing innovative methodologies for institutional analysis, which have previously been applied in the land and water policy process in India, Vietnam, Spain and Iran. Pioneering work was developed by Hashemi (2012) towards the implementation of IWRM as well as the Hima Governance legal framework. The work on Hima governance was linked to international and regional initiatives including:

1. United Nations University [UNU-INWEH]
2. WANA Forum, Jordan
3. World Justice Forum (WJF)