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Participatory impact assessment of soil and water conservation scenarios in Oum Zessar Watershed, Tunisia

König Hannes, Sghaïer Mongi, Schuler Johannes, Abdeladhim Mohamed, Helming Katharina, Tonneau Jean-Philippe, Ounalli Nadia, Imbernon Jacques, Morris Jake, Wiggering Hubert. 2012. Participatory impact assessment of soil and water conservation scenarios in Oum Zessar Watershed, Tunisia. Environmental Management, 50 (1) : pp. 153-165.

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Quartile : Q3, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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Thème(s) HCERES des revues (en SHS) : Géographie-Aménagement-Urbanisme-Architecture

Abstract : Environmental threats and progressive degradation of natural resources are considered critical impediments to sustainable development. This paper reports on a participatory impact assessment of alternative soil and water conservation (SWC) scenarios in the Oum Zessar watershed, Tunisia. The first objective was to assess the impact of three SWC scenarios on key social, economic and environmental land use functions. The second objective was to test and evaluate the applicability of the 'Framework for Participatory Impact Assessment (FoPIA)' for assessing scenario impacts in the context of a developing country, in this case Tunisia. The assessed scenarios included: the originally planned SWC policy implementation at 85 % coverage of arable land of the watershed, the current implementation (70 %), and a hypothetical expansion of SWC measures to the entire watershed (100 %). Our results suggest that implementation of the SWC policy at 100 % coverage of arable land achieves the maximum socioeconomic benefit. However, if stakeholders' preferences regarding land use functions are taken into account, and considering the fact that the implementation ofSWC measures also implies some negative changes to traditional landscapes and the natural system, SWC implementation at 85 % coverage of arable land might be preferable. The FoPIA approved to be a useful tool for conducting a holistic sustainability impact assessment of SWC scenarios and for studying the most intriguing sustainability problems while providing possible recommendations towards sustainable development. We conclude that participatory impact assessment contributes to an enhanced regional understanding of key linkages between policy effects and sustainable development, which provides the foundation for improved policy decision making. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Conservation de l'eau, Conservation des sols, Développement durable, Participation, Évaluation de projet, Politique de développement, Utilisation des terres, approches participatives

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Tunisie

Classification Agris : P10 - Water resources and management
P36 - Soil erosion, conservation and reclamation
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Auteurs et affiliations

  • König Hannes, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (DEU)
  • Sghaïer Mongi, IRA [Institut des régions arides] (TUN)
  • Schuler Johannes, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (DEU)
  • Abdeladhim Mohamed, IRA [Institut des régions arides] (TUN)
  • Helming Katharina, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (DEU)
  • Tonneau Jean-Philippe, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-4331-7238
  • Ounalli Nadia, IRA [Institut des régions arides] (TUN)
  • Imbernon Jacques, CIRAD-ES-UMR TETIS (FRA)
  • Morris Jake, Forest Research (GBR)
  • Wiggering Hubert, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (DEU)

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