Policy

By Serge NGENDAKUMANA, Kabirou M. Bah and Abou Keita PRESA recently held a workshop in the Republic of Guinea that brought together Fouta Djallon stakeholders for a discussion on policy issues, tools and research results. The one-day workshop held in the Guinean capital, Conakry, had 25 participants from international development organizations, the private sector, the […]

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The Fouta Djallon highlands in the Republic of Guinea are the source of West Africa’s most important rivers: the Senegal, Gambia, Niger and Mano rivers. These rivers provide drinking water, irrigation and hydroelectric power to millions of people in Senegal, Mauritania, Gambia, Mali, Niger and Nigeria. They are critical for sustaining livelihood systems which are […]

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Individuals and institutions working in payments for environmental services are invited to submit papers to the International Conference on Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Eastern and Central Africa Sub-Region. The conference, which runs from 20th to 22nd October 2010 in Jinja (Uganda), aims at addressing the challenges faced in embracing payments for environmental services […]

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Payments for ecosystem services (PES) are one of a number of policy options available to support the provision of ecosystem services. Based on the characteristics of ecosystem services, a recent study has developed a framework for deciding when payments are a suitable tool for delivering ecosystem services. Ecosystems provide services essential for human well-being and […]

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By Serge Ngendakumana and Godfrey Kimega The Fouta Djallon highlands are a core site of PRESA. Critical environmental services offered by the Fouta Djallon ecosystem are water quality and quantity for more than eight countries, biodiversity conservation and trees for carbon sequestration. For the past two years, ICRAF has been involved with other key stakeholders […]

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There is a wealth of scientific knowledge regarding environmental services that needs to be linked with the knowledge and actions of policy makers and resource users. Under real life circumstances, knowledge does not flow as easily as it should and policy makers make crucial decisions affecting vast populations without the benefit of accurate data. It […]

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PRESA aims to facilitate rewards to encourage the people of Africa’s highlands to maintain ecosystem services, for example by adopting conservation agriculture techniques to prevent land degradation. But what if highland forest communities don’t actually own the land? Why should they care about sustainable management when they can be asked to move at any time […]

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