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Africa at meso-scale: Adaptive and integrated tools and strategies on natural resources management
March 2011 until May 2014
295.595 € funded by EU - European Union: ENV.2010. Integrated management of water and other natural resources in Africa
Fred Hattermann

The challenge of AFROMAISON is to provide a holistic toolbox and operational framework for a concept of Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) that can be applied in a variety of environmental and socio-economic conditions in Africa. At the same time, following a participatory analysis of opportunities and challenges, it provides participatory management options for operational INRM, which are both embedded in local traditions and culture, and are scientifically sound. In order to achieve a tangible outcome, AFROMAISON focuses on the three groups of tools which will be adapted and tested in five case study sites. Though it is not the intention that all case studies work on all of the selected tools. Instead, each case study selects, in close cooperation with sub-national stakeholders, an interlinked combination of tools which is targeting an actual INRM challenge and fits into the existing policies.

Objective 1: To identify opportunities, challenges and operational requirements for the adoption of tools, strategies and methodologies at the meso-scale Objective 2: To provide a holistic and multi-disciplinary framework for long-term integrated natural resources management, in line with sustainable development principles. The framework aims to integrate landscape functioning, livelihood, socio-economic development, indigenous knowledge and local practices and institutional strengthening Objective 3: To improve the capacity of sub-national authorities on INRM to assure economic and social well-being of communities Objective 4: To improve the exchange and transfer of information and procedures for communication on natural resources management Objective 5: To contribute to bring concepts for INRM into operational practice, including vulnerability, ecosystem goods and services, adaptation to global change (including climate change) Objective 6: To evaluate and inter-compare promising tools and strategies on applicability, suitability (fit-for-purpose), sustainability for livelihood and ecosystem, cost-effectiveness (incl. impact) and cultural acceptance

PIK will lead WP6 on "Global change, vulnerability and scenario design". Additionally, PIK will contribute to WP 3 "Tools for restoration and adaptation", WP 4 "Payment for ecosystem services", WP 5 "Tools for resource use planning" and WP 7 "Toolbox or INRM"