DAHARI’s APPROACH TO NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Relying on our field experience and the different data at our disposal, we are establishing a natural resources management approach based on the following points:
- First, we help farmers living and working close to potential areas for collective natural resource management to improve their living conditions. We provide close support to improve yields from thedifferent agricultural activities that farmers are developing in these areas. Our aim is two-fold – we want to improve the living conditions of the farmers and to spread techniques fortackling erosion and fertility problemsthat are compatible with natural resource management.
- At the same time we identify areas where farmers have already taken small initiatives to collectively manage their natural resources. We involve all the farmers directly affectedin a collective management approach. We strengthen their capacities through testing collective management systems. We undertake co-learning through a research-action methodology to better understand the functioning and opportunities in each zone. The results allow us to develop short- and long-term action plans.
- The governance of natural resource management and the sustainability of implemented actions is key to this approach. As the process advances, management structures are put in place and reinforced. We build on the early successes of implemented actions to strengthen communications and to mobilise other stakeholders. In addition, we aim to capitalise on the results from each village to duplicate the same approach in other areas. The end goal is to arrive at an integrated scheme for managing the Moya forest.
We have already identified three priority areas for natural resource management: water sources in Magouni, Hamkoko and Ngnambo. These areas are located respectively in the territory of the villages of Ouzini, Adda and Outsa. Reforestation is underway and action plans for the protection of natural resources in these areas are now being developed.
First, we will work with farmers in these areas tostrengthen participatory analysis methodswith new toolsto better monitor the trends in natural resource degradation. We have organised participatory mapping workshops to categorise natural resource problems (depletion of water sources, reduced fertility, deforestation, etc.) and discuss solutions with farmers.
In addition, we willstrengthen dialogue between the different natural resource users in the villages to identify priority actions for the management of natural resources management and appropriate systems of governance.
Finally, we will build on the momentum of such exchanges between farmers to set up a development and management plan for each area.