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ATPS joins partners to host a Policymaker, Practitioner and Community User Workshop

The African Technology Policy Studies Network, in collaboration with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Institute of Zoology, London, University College London, UCL, Anthropology (East African dry lands societies, livelihoods and NRM institutions) will be hosting a one-day Policymaker, Practitioner and Community User Workshop. The main aim of the workshop is to engage stakeholders from grassroots users through to national and international policymaker/practitioners, entrepreneurs, and scientists working on issues related to the Biopersity, Ecosystem services, Social sustainability and Tipping points in African Dry lands (BEST) project.

BEST targets to provide awareness into the poverty and environment impacts of different policies on tenure and natural resources management, as is incorporated at household decisions. The outcomes are intended to be used by national and international policymakers, and also resource managers, for example at the district and regional government levels, purposing to influence planning and budgeting, climate change adaptation programmes, and donor-funded interventions. The stakeholders comprise of national and international interest groups (including responsible investors). However, the envisioned beneficiaries are the local users who are mostly the residents in the Dry lands; BEST has the intentions to improve their livelihoods and environments and also make them more resilient and sustainable.

The workshop will be held at ILRI, Nairobi on 14 February 2012. BEST researchers will present project aims and approach, preliminary work completed to date, and plans for subsequent work, soliciting feedback on all elements of the project during the workshop.

The BEST research collaboration brings together international partners, social and natural scientists; specialists in ecology, economics and anthropology, in GIS and in modelling, together with communications and research management expertise, to create an integrated approach to addressing central issues in African dry lands ecosystem services and poverty alleviation. The research institutions involved are International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)  which is experienced in natural resource assessment through remote sensing and GIS-based assessments of livestock economies and their environment; Institute of Zoology, London, IOZ (biopersity and environment); University College London, UCL, Anthropology (East African dry lands societies, livelihoods and NRM institutions); and African Technology and Policy Studies, ATPS (policy development, communication and engagement). Project partners include TAWIRI, ASARECA, ESRC-STEPS and many others contributing data and insights, sharing and enhancing the networking potential in both consultation/feedback and dissemination of findings.

Posted on Friday 10th February, 2012




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