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Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Social Sustainability and Tipping Points in African Drylands (BEST) Policymaker, Practitioner, Community User and Researcher Workshop

The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), University College London (UCL), Institute of Zoology, London (IOZ), and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will be hosting the final project workshop on a collaborative project dubbed Biopersity, Ecosystem Services, Social Sustainability and Tipping Points in African Drylands (BEST) which is nearing its completion. The workshop will be held on 13th August 2013 at the JVC Auditorium, ILRI in Nairobi, Kenya. The Workshop targets Researchers, Policymakers, Funders, Practitioners and Community Representatives.

The main objective of the workshop is to communicate project findings, and provide an engaging and interactive platform for researchers, policymakers, practitioners and community representatives to explore the implications of the outputs, and provide feedback on the project. The project aims to deliver insights into the poverty and environment impacts of different policies on tenure and natural resources management in East African arid lands, as integrated at the level of pastoralist and agro-pastoralist household decisions. 

At the workshop, there will be a presentation on:

  • the new findings which predict how the implementation of Kenya’s conservancies and related initiatives (such as Tanzania’s Wildlife Management Areas) will affect local people’s wellbeing by changing their strategies for benefiting from ecosystem services. 
  • the results of several complementary analyses which use economic games, choice experiments and modelling to analyse the potential implications of conservancy creation for the livelihood strategies of member and non-member households.
  • a detailed scenario analysis for Kenya’s Maasai Mara region, comparing livelihood choices and household success
  • work completed to date and plans for project completion, and researchers from other programmes presenting complementary work

The workshop will also include an interactive demonstration of economic games, which will allow for observing changes in decision making in a controlled, experimental environment. Participants will be invited to contribute both expert feedback on the findings, and their advice on translation into local language summaries, media releases, and policy briefings which will be produced and disseminated during further community meetings in Kenya and Tanzania to stakeholders.

Posted on Tuesday 13th August, 2013




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