We as village facilitators work as taught by Lao Tzu, a 6th-century BC Chinese philosopher:
“Go to them, stay with them, and start with what they have. Make a plan and then build on that plan from what they have and know. Finally, when the work is over, they will say: we have done it.”
These quotes are the basis for our approach and thinking in solving natural resource problems. We identify problems, then invite the community to discuss together to find solutions, and then guide them with empowerment in increasing capacity for sustainable natural resource management.