Commons voices and engagement can contribute to making governments responsive and accountable. Especially, when the wise use of nature capital is thought of, the collective responsibility and community governance of resources needs to be prioritized. As has been highlighted by world development leaders, 'The ability of citizens to make their voices heard and hold their governments to account is fundamental to good government. Its absence fosters an environment in which corruption can flourish, and citizens are unable to assess the decisions of their leaders, or make informed choices about who they elect to serve as their representatives.' In the implemented programs of SAFE, empowered community organizations, local institutions and their networks are kept at the heart of all engagement activities, especially in decision making systems. Governance advocacy is guided by the assumption that, 'Joint action by local associations can result in improved service delivery, increased opportunities for regular dialogue with service providers and government, and promote policy change.' However, local actions are unlikely to be enough to sustain good governance in the long term, so these are further complemented by national-level advocacy undertaken by SAFE. SAFE's 'Biorights of Commons' has been central to advocacy in national plan documents and focused on community partners, service providers and sometimes multilateral and bilateral institutions, including UN agencies and development partners. SAFE also worked with the media to popularize good governance messages through the conservation paradigms of Biorights. Links between engagement activities at different levels were assisted by the fact that partners were all members of SAFE network.
The various implications of good governance through community participation can be visualized in WASH interventions of SAFE like WASH-US & NEWS-UP. In rural this is best observed in participatory water budgeting and collective agro-farming practices and organic farming in climate vulnerable areas. Women in decision support system and inclusive growth has defined the levels of community governance of nature capital widely in all these interventions.