ECDD PROJECT (2008-2013)





The objective of the project Community Engagement for Sustainable Development (ECDD) project was to develop a community-based land management model for the Comoros, integrating improved livelihoods with sustainable management of natural resources; namely soil, forestry, and biodiversity.

This project was run through a partnership between Bristol Zoological Society, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Government of the Union of the Comoros, with the support of Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières and other local partners. Its main funders were the Agence Française de Développement, the Darwin Initiative (of the British government) and the Global Environment Facility (through the Comorian PoWPA project).

The project worked in the Comoros between 2008 and2013, with the following principle results:

*More than 1800 farmers supported to improve their incomes sustainably
*Introduction of many improved plant varieties and farming techniques (seeding mulch, cattle park construction, drip irrigation) and the implementation of efficient and innovative agricultural training methods (show through more than 150 demonstration plots)
*Creation of two seed propagation and demonstration sites at Pagé and the CRDE of Salamani (in partnership with the Commissariat de la Production on Anjouan)
*Support for communities in conducting activities aimed at improving water catchment management along with projects to increase access to water, benefitting more than 8000 people
*Creation of forest maps for three islands of the Comoros (Grand Comoro, Mohéli, Anjouan) based on satellite imagery, and creation of distribution models of endangered species to enable the development of effective conservation strategies in the Comoros
*And finally, the creation of a local NGO, Dahari

For more information, look at the publications by the ECDD Project, where you can find the final project report.
We also strongly encourage you to look at our short film, which gives a farmer’s perspective on   the evolution of Anjouan Island, its problems and some possible solutions. It won the second prize at the Comoros inaugural film festival, and has been viewed over 20,000 times on YouTube!



ECDD Project in the Media

April 28 – Un nouveau projet au service du développement durable – Al-watwan p. 6
December 3 – Forgotten species: the haunting whistle of the Anjouan scops owl – Mongabay

February 15 – Un important lot d’ordinateurs distribués à Ndzuwani par Ecdd – Al-watwan p. 4
February 16 – Du matériel informatique à des associations d’Anjouan – Al Balad p. 4
March 11 – L’Afd apporte un soutien financier aux projets environnementaux de l’Ecdd – Al-watwan p. 2
March 29 – Environnement : le projet Ecdd propose une diversification des revenus aux paysans de Nzuwani – Al-watwan p. 6
April 2 – 1er comité de pilotage du projet ECDD – La Gazette p. 2

May 16 – ECDD : Bilan à mi-parcours assez rempli à Anjouan – La Gazette p. 2
May 23 – Troisième comité du pilotage jeudi dernier – Al-watwan p. 5
December 15 – Déforestation aux Comores : Parmi les taux les plus élevés au monde – Al-watwan p. 5
December 16 – L’agro-écologie en expansion – Al Balad p. 6
December 22 – Protection de l’écosystème : le projet Ecdd s’engage à sauvegarder la roussette de Livingstone à Ndzuwani – Al-watwan p. 8

January 13 – Utsa, un village à haute potentialité agricole – Al-watwan p. 4
July – L’approche du projet ECDD – HabarizaUlanga p. 2
July 25 – Biggest bat survey (photo gallery) – BBC Nature website
July 25 – Bats on the brink of extinction – Channel Online TV
July 25 – Biggest ever survey of one of the world’s most endangered bats gets underway on Comoros Islands – Wildlife Extra
August 8 – Reportage télé sur le travail du projet ECDD lié au Ramadan – ORTC (broadcasted via RTN and the radio)
October 24 – Reportage télé sur le travail du projet ECDD en appui des groupements des agriculteurs – ORTC (broadcasted via RTN and the radio)
November 14 – Le développement communautaire pour renforcer l’agriculture aux Comores – Information portal on agriculture and biodiversity in the Indian Ocean