The overall objective is to strengthen the capacity of local authorities, development authorities, development organizations and private sector in the field of natural resource management with the aim to mitigate competing claims for natural resources, and to improve resource management and the livelihoods of the rural population in the CRV.
- To spatially and/or temporally characterize the biophysical, economic and climate resource base and evaluate it for various production activities under current and changing climatic conditions;
- To identify robust and risk-tailored land and water management strategies and policy options, and explore their contribution to different objectives such as food production, increase income, water use efficiency, labor productivity;
- Identifying potential synergies tradeoffs and conflicts among various development objectives in view of livelihood improvement and sustainability.
Based on research results (See Results tab) and outcomes of various participatory stakeholder workshops a land use planning program for the Ethiopian Central Rift Valley has been developed, which will be implemenetd in 2010 and 2011. The program consists of four priority activities contributing to the sustainable future of the Central Rift Valley:
- Support of commercial smallholder horticulture;
- Support to the monitoring of water quality;
- Development of buffer zones along water bodies;
- Promotion of (eco-)tourism.
The objective of the land use planning program and its four components is to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders in the field of natural resources management and governance through support of on-the-ground activities aimed at learning-by-doing and building new alliances and partnerships.