Senegal: PPZS ready to design sustainable development programs integrating natural resource management – VivAfrik

Senegal: PPZS ready to design sustainable development programs integrating natural resource management – VivAfrik
Senegal: PPZS ready to design sustainable development programs integrating natural resource management – VivAfrik

The Pastoralism and Dry Zones Pole (PPZS) which builds its scientific program around three axes, namely the environment and pastoral ecosystems, governance and dynamics of territories and animal production and sectors and two transversal themes: pastoral mobility and contemporary social issues support higher education and capacity building of development actors.

This is what made the Minister of the Environment and Ecological Transition (METE) say that “the PPZS, a partnership research and teaching system which, in 23 years of existence, has made it possible to train generations of Africans, I would even say Westerners, in various areas of research, notably on environment and ecosystems – integrated governance of territories – animal products and sectors. This work has made it possible to obtain results of high scientific quality.”

Daouda Ngom spoke this Monday, May 6, 2024 in Dakar, during the opening ceremony of the PPZS Scientific Council which will take place from May 6 to 8, 2024 and dedicated to the results of scientific activities. The Minister of the Environment who chaired this meeting is invited to comment on the evolution of the PPZS research results.

In the opinion of Mr. Ngom, This “council will also make it possible to share research results with development actors on the first day and with research actors on the 2nd.th day before closing the loop with the recommendations of the Scientific Council on the 3th day “.

The head of the Department of the Environment who is “particularly interested” in the results of the research work carried out at the PPZS by experienced researchers suggested that this work will provide data but above all reliable information on cross-cutting themes. such as the Great Green Wall for sustainable pastoralism; supporting modeling as a tool for sustainable governance of pastoral resources and innovative techniques to improve the success of reforestation in pastoral areas.

“The PPZS is ready to design sustainable development programs that integrate natural resource management and climate resilience and to collaborate with policy makers to develop agricultural policies that support the environmental and economic sustainability of agro-pastoral systems and that contribute to food sovereignty,” we read in a document sent to the press.

For his part, the Director General of the Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research (ISRA) maintained that “the integration of scientific knowledge and traditional practices is essential to respond to the complex environmental challenges facing agro-pastoral systems in Africa. from West “.

The environment and pastoral ecosystems research axis focuses on the study of the environmental and climatic challenges facing agro-pastoral systems in West Africa, he said, adding that land degradation, Water scarcity and climatic variations constitute significant pastoral pressures.

For his part, the director general of the Ecological Monitoring Center (CSE), Cheikh Mbow, informed that researchers are working to understand the impact of these environmental changes on the availability of natural resources such as pastures and water. as well as the health of local ecosystems.

Moctar FICUU / VivAfrik

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