FITCA-EMMC workshops on information exchange and training with rural communities on environment: Western Kenya. Report and recommendations. W2

Kang'Ethe Erastus, Toutain Bernard, Maitima Joseph, Karuga Julia, Mbugua Simon, Mbuvi Dorcas. 2003. FITCA-EMMC workshops on information exchange and training with rural communities on environment: Western Kenya. Report and recommendations. W2. Bruxelles : European Union, 44 p. Autre type de numéro : PROJECT N°7.ACP.RP.R.578, N° de rapport : FITCA EMMC N°W2

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Abstract : 1. Two workshops were held in Busia and Teso districts. Five villages from one location in the district were involved in the discussions. Participatory approach was used to gather information and perception of the participants on four themes: i) wetlands and water, ii) livestock and wildlife, iii) land and soils and iv) forests, woodlands and vegetation. The participants discussed the themes in their local dialects with the interpreter translating for the facilitator. It was clear that the changes in the themes were due to mans' activity and these changes were mainly; a) deforestation, b) poor soils, c) loss of wildlife, d) unsustainable cultivation in the wetlands and e) water pollution. 2. The effects of these changes on the incidences of sleeping sickness and Nagana were related to habitat destruction in the forests, woodlands and vegetation and in wetlands. The effect of the changes on human livelihood had great impact on the participants for they had not pictured the unfolding scenario and its consequences before. The groups made a number of recommendations on the way forward in each theme and indicators to evaluate the changes in case the recommendations were followed through. One of the recommendations is the formation of village environmental committees and common interest groups to spearhead conservation and sustainable use of the natural resources at the village level. These groups if formed will require to undergo training in order to see through the implementation of the recommendations. 3. It is hoped that FITCA-EMMC will engage the communities' further in order to develop action plans which would be the village's blue print on environmental conservation, protection and management at the community level. Communities need to be networked to stakeholders with similar interests, who may assist them to implement the action plans. (Résumé d’auteur)

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
L72 - Pests of animals
L73 - Animal diseases
L01 - Animal husbandry
K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P30 - Soil science and management
P10 - Water resources and management
E14 - Development economics and policies
E51 - Rural population
E11 - Land economics and policies

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Kang'Ethe Erastus
  • Toutain Bernard, CIRAD-EMVT-ECONAP (KEN)
  • Maitima Joseph, ILRI (KEN)
  • Karuga Julia
  • Mbugua Simon
  • Mbuvi Dorcas

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