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Sustainable Use of Critical Wetlands in the Lac Victoria Basin: Action for People and for Nature( 2015-2017).

-    The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment –TESSA is developed and used to assess ecological and economic value and to monitor biodiversity and ecosystem services
-    5 local conservation groups with 136 members including 57 women and 79 men were sensitized on a good management of wetlands and involved in the protection and monitoring of the park
-    25 representatives of key stakeholders were trained on equitable natural resources use and management of wetlands in order to have the same overview of the importance of the wetlands

-    5 local conservation groups were supported in protection and restoration: 108 goats were distributed to getting more manure for a good crop production, 32,000 trees were planted to having their own fire wood and 1,000 improved cooking stoves were built to reducing the pressure on the park.
-    As a new source of livelihoods, 131,220 fruit trees were produced and distributed to the communities and planted for food security and to facing poverty.
-    50 farmers, breeders and beekeepers including former poachers and some representatives of key stakeholders were engaged in the fight against bushfires.
-    2 local conservation groups’ representatives followed an experiential learning visit to learn from others and understand more the value of the wetlands.
-    2 training workshops; 1 on participative governance and 1 on equitable use of the natural resources have been held to having the same understanding of the value of the wetlands.
-    Communities have been sensitized on a good management of the wetlands and involved in the protection and monitoring of the park for their awareness raising.

•    What have been the outcomes of these funded activities to date?

-    The capacity of stakeholders is strengthened to understand and estimate the service values of wetlands.
-    The Local governance structures are improved through Local Conservation Groups (LCGs).  
-    The capacity of local communities to sustainably manage their wetlands through the wise use of wetland resources and alternative agricultural and livelihood practices is increased
-    The knowledge of local stakeholders and local communities is improved to influence the decision making at higher levels of wetland values and management

•    What were the unanticipated results (positive or negative) of these funded activities (if any)?

-    The administration representatives together with the LCGs have decided to help in fighting against bushfires by sensitizing the communities
-    Many people have asked us to build for them improved cooking stoves
-    The fruit trees distributed as a new livelihood were very much appreciated

•    What have been the policy implications (if any) of these funded activities to date?

-    The stakeholders of different sectors participated in trainings and they would influence the decision making at high level.
-    The validation of the results of ecosystem services assessment using TESSA by the stakeholders and community representatives could influence a good understanding of wetland values.

Le 8 avril 2000, l’Association a été agréée par le Ministère de l’Intérieur par Ordonnance Ministérielle n° 530/231, .. Lire plus


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