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Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) 2009

Transformation and shifts in productive landscapes for livelihood improvements in the Sahel : building a partnership in research

Livelihoods Partnership Sahel

Titre du projet : Transformation and shifts in productive landscapes for livelihood improvements in the Sahel : building a partnership in research

Région : Sahel

Durée  : 2009-2010

Contexte
The Sahel is a region where poverty and vulnerable agro-eco systems are converging into extremely challenging conditions for development opportunities. However, in the last 15 years, patchy island of re-greening have occurred, indicating that vegetation have been increased despite the challenging rainfall variability, poor and infertile soils and exponential population growth.
Although some of the re-greening can be explained by increased seasonal rainfall, emerging cases suggest a more complex active human management of the landscape. Thus, there are indications that wise management of landscape resources can generate and increase landscape productivity, incl. ecosystem services, even under these challenging biophysical conditions.

Description
This inter-disciplinary research project will study different dimensions comparing the ’re-greened’ with ’conventional’ areas of agro-eco systems, looking into both social and biophysical aspects. We ask what constitutes a ’re-greened’ area ? What are the ecosystems that can be restored and enhanced in re-greened versus ’conventional areas ? How much does the generation of ecosystem services differ in quality and quantity ? How can re-greening happen, and does it need external push to be achieved ? And how can this knowledge of systems change help alleviate poverty and possibly adapt to a highly uncertain future in current non-greened areas ?

Partenaires
University of York, Environment Department, UK
Stockholm Environment Institute, based at University of York, UK
Centre Régional de l’Enseignement Spécialisé en Agriculture (CRESA, University of Abdou Moumouni, Niger
Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso

Financement : Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) imitative of NERC/ESRC//DfID

Présentation (Stockholm Environment Institute)

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