AFROMAISON – Africa at a meso-scale: Adaptive and integrated tolls and strategies for natural resources management

AFROMAISON aims to propose concrete strategies for the integrated management of natural resources in Africa to address climate change. Climate change is increasing the vulnerability of many African regions to water access and natural disasters. In a context of poor governance, these risks limit the impact of policies to fight poverty and economic development. Indeed, the degradation of natural resources in Africa increases the vulnerability of the poorest, due to pressures on ecosystems, land competition, rising prices (food and energy), risks associated with climate change and population growth. Reversing these trends requires the development of integrated management approaches.

 

AFROMAISON offers sustainable solutions in terms of operational management and strategies for the integrated natural resources management (including water), for communities and authorities, enabling them to struggle the effects of climate change. Despite the existence of many local tools, expertises, strategies, practices and know-how, the concept of integrated natural resource management (GIRN) is still difficult to implement; moreover, in many cases, the components of GIRN still need to be integrated. AFROMAISON builds on what already exists and contributes to a better integration at the subnational (mesoscale) level. of the components through a 7-step operational approach that mobilizes authorities and communities.

 

The AFROMAISON project has led to the development of a toolkit for GIRN, an operational approach that allows the development of short and long-term strategies adapted to local contexts in order to achieve rapid results (cost-effectiveness). This approach has been tested and evaluated in 5 African case studies. In order to strengthen the impacts of these strategies, significant efforts have been made to strengthen the capacities of local actors and to develop information and dissemination strategies. In order to develop these operational strategies, the AFROMAISON project has developed three groups of tools: landscape restoration and adaptation strategies (including sustainable landscape intensification); economic tools and incentives for GIRN; and spatial/territorial planning tools.

 

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  • Contact(s):

    Project Manager: Raphaëlle DUCROT
    Phone: +33 4 67 16 64 64 
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    Web link: http://afromaison.net

  • Briefly:

    Thematic Theme / Field of expertise: Integrated water resource management
    Sponsor of the project: European Commission (Commission européenne, CPWF…)
    Partner organizations: ANTEA, KwaZulu-Natal University, UNESCO UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION, FONDATION 2IE ASSOCIATION, MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON UNIVERSITY LBG, OBSERVATOIRE DU SAHARA ET DU SAHEL, PIK Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact, STICHTING WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE IWMI, Université de Anvers, ALTENBURG & WYMENGA ECOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK B.V., ICRAF CIRAF World Agroforestry Centre, Université de Genève, INR Insitute of National Ressources association
    Type of project: FP7
    Country, Study area: South Africa, Ethiopia, Mali, Tanzania, Ouaganda, Tunisia
    Start date of project: 03/2011
    End date of project: 02/2014 

  • Productions:

    Project-related productions:

    - Articles : 6

    - Theses : 2

    - Software : 0 - 3 Role plays disseminated and played in different instances

  • Team(s) of Joint Research Unit concerned:

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