STRP Webinar with Dr Adrian Wood: "Wetlands, Agriculture and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa"

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Linking to the theme of World Wetlands Day 2014, this webinar reviews experience with agriculture in small inland wetlands in Africa and proposes a new paradigm for wetland work. It argues that people must be at the centre of wetland thinking and that to sustain their future these wetlands must generate livelihood benefits for communities. For many of these African wetlands, agriculture is the major use and these areas are now becoming part of a new agricultural frontier, especially in the face of rural poverty and harvest disruption as a result of climate change. To ensure the sustainable use of these areas agricultural development must be managed carefully within a context of trade-offs that maintain an appropriate balance of ecosystem services in the wetlands and supportive land use in the catchment. Development of such a Functional Landscape Approach must be in the hands of the communities, who have considerable knowledge of these areas and whose local institutions must be the basis for enhanced and sustainable land management. The webinar draws on experience gained from nine case studies from different parts of sub-Saharan African and presented in the recently published Wetland Management and Sustainable Livelihoods In Africa (Earthscan, 2013). The Webinar is hosted by Professor Adrian Wood the lead editor of the book.

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Webinar Details
Title: Wetlands, Agriculture and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa by Dr. Adrian Wood
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST (17:00-18:00 CET)

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