3rd BES-Net Anglophone African Regional Trialogue, 28th - 30th May, Nairobi, Kenya
What are the participatory approaches for reversing land degradation?
The most practical participatory approach would have to first of all start by making small scale farmers, village level farmers and all stake holders at grass roots level aware of that land degradation is indeed occurring and is an issue of concern. They need to understand what land degradation is and which or what practices/processes result or speed up the land degradation process. Only after having raised awareness among the people who are affected the most, who rely on the productivity of the land for their livelihoods, can we begin to talk about participatory approaches in the true sense.
I think we need to breakdown the issue of participation. There is participation at the governance level, at the programme implementation, at community level etc. I would like to give an example of land degradation caused by economic activities - mining activities. In a situation where land degradation matters have been identified and agreed on private sector participation can be undertaken in this manner. There are numerous examples of private sector participation. Thanks
You may find some useful information in this freely available reference: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Reed8/publication/227837378_La....
Also, take a look at the many references here: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/l.stringer.
Thank you very much for suggesting these very useful links. The paper by Stringer and Reed in particular is extremely relevant to the Southern and East Africa context I'm particularly interested in.
I just found a free access special issue of the journal BIOTROPICA devoted to "Natural regeneration in the context of large-scale forest and landscape restoration in the tropics"
Eighteen (18) articles covering many different aspects of the use of natural regeneration to reverse land degradation in the tropics, including from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Philippines and Uganda, can be accessed via this link - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/btp.2016.48.issue-6/issuetoc
This kind of evidence-based information is vital to improving our ecological understanding of forest regeneration, thus informing the development of appropriate policy measures to promote what works.
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