Understanding complexity in managing agro-pastoral dams ecosystem serices in Northern Benin

Promovendus GN (Nathalie) Kpera
Promotor prof.dr. MNC (Noelle) Aarts
Copromotor prof. dr ir AJ van der Zijpp
prof. dr ir GA Mensah
prof. dr ir CR Tossou
Organisatie Wageningen University & Research, Leerstoelgroep Strategic Communication

ma 2 november 2015 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Aula, gebouwnummer 362


Agro-pastoral dams (APDs) – water reservoirs constructed to provide water for livestock and for agricultural development – have been constructed all over Benin. These APDs face several conflicts (farmers versus herders, council versus vegetable producers, fishermen versus council, and fishermen and APD users versus crocodiles) rooted in the multi-functionality of APDs and the involvement of diverse stakeholders. Using the integral ecology framework as the conceptual inspiration, the research gained insights on: (i) the complexity of APDs that impedes agreement on common rules for their management, (ii) the way stakeholders frame the presence of crocodiles, (iii) the health status of the APD ecosystem by using water quality, fish diversity, and fish biomass as indicators, (iv) the constraints that hinder vegetable production around the APDs. The study suggests that an innovation platform should be established in which all the stakeholders can discuss changes, resulting in optimal use of APD ecosystem services and their management.