Community Innovations in Sustainable Land Management: Lessons from the field in Africa - Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management (Paperback)Maxwell Mudhara (editor), Saa Dittoh (editor), Mohamed Sessay (editor), William Critchley (editor), Sabina Di Prima (editor)
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It is increasingly recognized that land can be managed most sustainably through involving local communities. This book highlights the potential of a new methodology of uncovering and stimulating community initiatives in sustainable land management in Africa.
Analyses of four contrasting African countries (Ghana, Morocco, South Africa and Uganda) show that as communities directly face the challenges of land degradation, they are likely to develop initiatives themselves in terms of sustainable land management. These initiatives (or `innovations') may be more appropriate and sustainable than those emanating from research stations located far from the communities. The book describes the rationale of the approach used, the set of steps followed, how the project managed to engage the communities to understand the importance of the activities they were undertaking, and how they were stimulated to improve and extend their initiatives and innovativeness.
Examples covered include soil fertility, community forestry, afforestation, water, invasive species and grazing land management. Central to the book is the way communities, and scientists, interacted between the four countries and learnt from each other. The book also shows how the initiatives were outscaled locally.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 223
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"This book serves as an important inventory and source of knowledge about the new approach needed to tackle some of the challenges facing human kind in the present era. The book will be relevant for a very long time as a lesson to scholars and a reference for policy makers." - from the foreword by Albert T. Modi, Dean and Head of School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
"... to many people the concepts of `community innovations' and `indigenous knowledge' are vague and often confused. Few people understand what community innovation is and how it can be supported and expanded to promote sustainable initiatives. This book, which outlines the origin, theory behind, and practice of an approach termed Stimulating Community Initiatives in Sustainable Land Management (SCI-SLM) tackles this uncertainty head on and provides practical examples, tools and frameworks to support and expand such innovations... The case studies show that research on community innovations can be time-consuming, complicated and difficult as it often entails complex social, technical and political aspects. However, the lessons learnt and the experiences outlined by the project teams in the four countries (which are highlighted in the final chapter) can be used to help communities and researchers make innovations happen." - Terry Everson in African Journal of Range & Forage Science (2017).
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