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Integrated Natural Resources Management in Africa - Challenges, responses & Insights

Integrated Natural Resources Management is not new. Yet, putting the concept in practice remains a challenge. Campbell et al (2004)concluded ‘Our seeming inability to translate the approaches into practical achievements on the ground is leading to widespread disillusionment. …. What is surprising is not the improvement of approaches over the past 40 years – rather it is their fundamental similarity.’

Despite the vast amount of research and trials which have gone into the development and testing of INRM and other related approaches (sustainable development planning, integrated water resources management, ecosystem service management, landscape approaches …).

The AfroMaison project seeks to provide responses to somekey challenges and barriers for implementing INRM in Africa. How can we achieve integration, what is the right scale to work, how to achieve effective participation, can incentives make a change… A specific challenge remains – how to transfer research results to the operational domain or how to build capacity for INRM in the develop community. Two events are being scheduled to address this issue (also see events calendar).

·Policy event: TAKING INNOVATIVE TOOLS AND APPROACHES FOR IMPROVED INRM FORWARD - 15th May 2014, Brussels – Belgium

·International symposium and workshops: "Tools for Integrated natural resources management in Africa" - 16th May 2014, Delft – The Netherlands

The AfroMaison project was instituted under the European Union’s 7th Framework Program (FP7-AFRICA-2010) to address these challenges of making INRM in Africa operational.AfroMaison set out to provide an operational framework and toolbox for INRM that can be applied in a variety of environmental and socio-economic conditions in Africa.The aim was to develop strategies for operational INRM, which are both embedded in local traditions and culture, and scientifically sound.

Lessons drawn from case studies in Tunisia (Oum Zessar Watershed), Mali, (Inner Niger Delta), Ethiopia (headwaters of the Blue Nile), Uganda (Rwenzori Mountains) and South Africa (uThukela District) have results in 10 practical insights for putting INRM into practice, some basic principles to get started and useful tools to achieve integration.

Guidance and toolbox will soon be launched on www.afromaison.net

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