Ecosistemas

Enhancing the Value of Ecosystem Services in Pastoral Systems in Kenya and Burkina Faso

Introduction

Rangeland resources are numerous but the ecosystems are fragile and therefore require appropriate management strategies to ensure sustainable productivity.  Changes in these landscapes is likely to be brought about through individual decisions.  But for change to be sustainable it must be systemic, facilitated and directed by institutions that support communities of women and men.

This project sought to assist policymakers, planners and pastoralists use insights on the role of ecosystem services to support the livelihoods of pastoralists and to identify grazing and rangeland management options that strengthen livelihood support over the long-term.  An analysis of available practices, of their potential impacts on water, biodiversity and forage, and of the potential tradeoffs among them could help to identify best bet practices. Incorporating such analyses into local and watershed-level decision-making could contribute to minimizing impacts on the environment and to enhancing of ecosystem services from rangelands. Furthermore, this screening will contribute substantially to the knowledge of pastoral livelihoods and ecosystems in Africa, and the diverse interactions between human uses and the natural environment.

This project was implemented in Tana River County in Kenya and in Ouahigouya in Burkina Faso.

Overall Project Aim

  • To assist policymakers, planners and pastoralists use insights on the role of ecosystem services to support the livelihoods of pastoralists and to identify grazing and rangeland management options that will strengthen livelihood support over the long-term.

 

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