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Title:Bridging the gap between bird conservation and sustainable development: perceptions and participation of rural people in Burkina Faso's Sahel region
Author:Bergh, Michiel O.L. van denISNI
Series:African Studies Collection (ISSN 1876-0198)
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
Geographic terms:Burkina Faso
Subjects:nature conservation
community participation
development projects
sustainable development
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Abstract:This research focuses on the integrated development and conservation project 'Living on the Edge', in Sahelian West Africa. This integrated development and conservation project was developed and implemented by Vogelbescherming Nederland and BirdLife International between 2011-2015. The initiative aimed to improve living conditions in the Sahel for birds and people, by working with the local population to conserve and restore the natural environment and enhance livelihoods through a more sustainable use of natural resources. The author analyses the socio-cultural, socio-economic and institutional aspects of the project in Burkina Faso, predominantly including two of Burkina Faso's three LCGs (Local Conservation Groups), namely the Sourou LCG and the Higa LCG. For comparison purposes, and to place the Living on the Edge project in a broader context, similar interventions were also studied. In addition, the local population and the development actors active in the two LCG areas were included in the study, as well as development actors with similar activities in other areas in the country. Furthermore, ecological aspects, including changes in land use and land cover, and their (potential) impact on A-P migrant birds are also discussed. It connects this with integrated conservation and development concepts. The main objectives of this study are to uncover the local values of birds, the environment and conservation for rural people in the Sahel, and to increase insights into interventions that aim to achieve integrated (migrant bird) conservation and sustainable development objectives in this area. [ASC Leiden abstract]