The NCI-SRD in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH seeks to strengthen the capacity of the local government to promote rural development and sustainable use of natural resources.

In June 2005, the partnership of NCI-SRD and GIZ GmbH began to reduce poverty by promoting rural development and sustainable use of natural resources. To document the good practices that address gaps and introduce new ways of implementation, the program provides the Knowledge Products - SIMPLE, SCoRE, MOREFORESTs, LFEWS, REACH and Eco-Center.

The program adopts the Integrated Ecosystem Management or the Ridge-to-Reef approach that implements a framework for the holistic management of land, water, and living resources.

SIMPLE. Sustainable Integrated Management and Planning for Local Government Ecosystems supports the municipalities and cities in enabling them to manage or co-manage their territories from ridge-to-reef, either public or private lands.

ScoRE. Sustainable Coastal Resources emphasizes the ridge-to-reef planning and management that encourages the local government to build Inter-Local Cooperation-based Harmonized (ILC). ILCs provide coordinated actions to combat municipal water boundary conflicts.

MOREFORESTs. Management of Resources on Forestlands produces goods and ecosystem services and empowers the on-site upland management through effective forest governance.

LFEWS. Local Flood Early Warning System deals with the local disaster preparedness, response and early warning by monitoring and predicting possible flood areas and occasions.

REACH. Rural Economy Advancement through Cash-for-Work for Household is a multi-benefit strategy that provides short-term employment for poor households in labor-based projects.

Eco-Center. Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility with Sanitary Landfill and Resource Recovery Technologies allows the development and operation of centralized processing systems and a sanitary landfill in a single site.