AFROMAISON is a project under the 7th framework of the EU, led by the Antea-Group (Gent) and involving many partner organisations among which A&W. Threats to the environment and natural resources, coupled with poor management, have serious implications for both poverty reduction and sustainable economic development. Degrading natural resources in Africa therefore result in an increased vulnerability of the poor as a result of ecosystem stress, competition for space, soaring food and energy prices, climate change and demographic growth. Nowadays, it is widely accepted that reversing these trends asks for integrated management frameworks. Despite the availability of many tools, expertise, strategies, local practices and indigenous knowledge, the concept of INRM (Integrated Natural Resource Management) has hardly been brought into practice and the building blocks of INRM in many cases still need to be integrated.
AFROMAISON will make use of what is available regarding INRM and will contribute to a better integration of the components of INRM. In view of the decentralization policy in Africa, we aim to focus on the operational requirements of INRM for sub-national (or meso-scale) authorities and communities. The main outputs of AFROMAISON are a toolbox, short-term to long-term strategies, quick wins (much gains with little effort) and operational strategies for adaptation to global change.The project started in March 2011 and will last for three years.
Afromaison has launched a new website: www.afromaison.net. You'll find there: latest news, conferences, newsletters and RSS feed of EEA on the homepage, later on reports, newsletters and meetings will follow. You can also take a look a the studycases ins South Africa, Mali, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tunisia.