Monday 5
Participatory conservation
Christophe Le Page
› 11:05 - 18:00 (6h55)
› Centre du Scamandre Vauvert
A participatory approach for adapted land use planning in the Sudanese Savannah Zone within the WASCAL-Initiative
Janina Kleemann  1@  
1 : Center for Development Research  (ZEF)  -  Website
Walter-Flex-Straße 3 53113 Bonn Germany -  Allemagne

Land use change is a multi-causal and cross-cutting issue where socio-economic activities influence ecological systems and feed back into changes of ecological services for humans. In the context of land use change, the interaction is often seen as coupled socio-ecological system. Drivers of land use change are mainly population growth, changes in the demand of local and global food and energy markets, and climate change.

Northern Ghana and northern Benin - both located in the Sudanese Savannah Zone - are facing such problems. Rural areas in West Africa are particularly vulnerable to land use changes due to a low financial and physical capacity and a high dependency on agriculture. The WASCAL- initiative (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) aims at the improvement of the resilience of such sensitive socio-ecological systems. In WASCAL, we work on recommendations for adapted land use strategies. The strategies are developed in a highly participatory manner in order to achieve a better acceptance and implementation. Local experts will be asked for the main drivers of land use change, the expected demand of different land use types and related landscape services to model trends and possible scenarios for Northern Ghana and northern Benin. Participatory land use planning contributes to finding solutions which are ecologically suitable and contribute to income and self-supply from agriculture.

In the presentation, I will provide an overview of how to apply participatory planning in the WASCAL context. I will present a methodological framework and first results of the participatory approach. 


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