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Duration: March 2011 - December 2013

AFROMAISON will make use of what is available regarding Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) and will contribute to a better integration and fitting of the following key components of INRM at a meso-scale level:
•  Landscape functioning (regarding the delivery, use and access to goods and services provided)
•  Livelihood & socio-economic development (including vulnerability to global change)
•  Indigenous knowledge and practices (to take local traditions, cultural norms, specific acceptance structures into account)
•  Institutional strengthening and improved interaction between sectors, scales and communities.
A toolbox:
The challenge of  AFROMAISON is to provide a holistic toolbox and operational framework for 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 embedded in local traditions and culture, and are scientifically sound.
In order to achieve a tangible outcome, AFROMAISON focuses on the following three groups of tools:
Strategies for restoration and adaptation; covering improved water retention and storage, greater erosion prevention, land degradation prevention and desertification, soil carbon build-up and reducing deforestation and forest degradation
Economic tools and incentives; covering payments for ecosystem services, generation of employment and alternative income sources, testing operational rules for climate change adaptation funds and promoting environmental stewardship
Tools for spatial planning; covering tools for discussion and negotiation on alternative land use alternatives (trade-off analysis, multi-criteria) and spatially-explicit impact assessment.

UNEP region: Africa

UNEP priorities: Climate Change , Ecosystems Management , Resource Efficiency , Disasters and Conflicts , Environmental Governance

GRID unit: Environment Modelling and Geoprocessing

Package Leader: Gregory Giuliani
project member: Yaniss Guigoz

Project partner institution(s): Institute for Natural Resources (INR) , The Sahara and the Sahel Observatory (OSS) , University of KwaZulu-Natal , Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , Wetlands International , International Water Management Institute , United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) , International Institute for Water and Environment Engineering , CIRAD - Agricultural Research for Development , University of Geneva , World Agroforestry Centre , Mountains of the Moon University (MMU) , Altenburg & Wymenga: Ecological consultants

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