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Type Journal Article - Land Degradation & Development
Title Appraising and selecting strategies to combat and mitigate desertification based on stakeholder knowledge and global best practices in Cape Verde Archipelago
Volume 25
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 45-57
URL and selecting strategies to combat and​mitigate desertification based on stakeholder knowledge and globalbest practices in Cape Verde​Archipelago.pdf
Desertification is the most disturbing and detrimental cause of rural vulnerability in Cape Verde, affecting families’ material and environmental
resources. Combating desertification in Cape Verde is complex because it involves addressing a mixture of endogenous (manual agriculture,
fuel wood and fodder extraction, land tenure and steep slopes) and exogenous drivers (high rainfall variability, climate change,
prolonged drought or heavy rainfall). To address and mitigate the adverse effects of desertification, it is necessary to develop an approach
that identifies and brings together all the key stakeholders affected by and acting on the desertification issue, including land users, policy
makers, managers, researchers and rural development technicians. This paper presents a hybrid methodology based on global best practices,
applied in Cape Verde. It combines experiences and skills of local stakeholders (farmers, local association of land users and local nongovernmental
organizations) with scientific knowledge of external stakeholders such as technicians of the Ministry of Rural Development,
environmental advisors of Municipalities and researchers. Integration takes place following a participatory process of appraising and
selecting desertification control strategies. The paper presents the first results obtained from application of the hybrid methodology to Ribeira
Seca, the largest watershed of Santiago Island. The approach was evaluated with local and external stakeholders. Both groups appreciated that
they could voice their views and discuss ways to overcome barriers and also to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by jointly
selected promising desertification mitigation options

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