SUMAMAD – Phases 1 & 2 (closed project)

Project closed: 2014

The Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) project aims to identify people’s adaptation and traditional knowledge in coping with adverse dryland conditions. The project fosters the rehabilitation of degraded drylands using community-based approaches. Training, capacity building, and interaction with landowners and farmers, with a focus on sustainable and indigenous dryland management practices, are key elements of the project.

The second phase of this project focuses on building the capacity of dryland researchers to transfer their scientific findings for use in policy-level decision-making through the development of evaluation approaches fostering sustainable land and water management through a participatory approach involving local communities (landowners, farmers, and other stakeholders). The analysis of current and on-going community-level strategies for coping with changing dryland conditions, also in the context of global (including climate) change, is essential.

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