Although the Project is still in its implementation phase (ending in July 2013), it has achieved some successful, significant and measurable results within local communities and their ecosystems, and this is attributed to the hard work of the Project partners and to advice and guidance received from the EU.
The Project has built strong partnerships and institutional linkages between civil society, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government actors. It has also established and improved the capacity for networking, policy advocacy at the local, national, regional and global levels.
The Project has supported a range of strategies to cope with climate change including:
- Reviewing policies on identification of policy entry points for supporting the implementation of priority adaptation options in pastoral and agro-pastoral systems. The objective was to share information, receive feedback and set priorities for reviewing regional and country policy frameworks and institutional (government, development agencies, NGOs) plans and priorities to support regional, national and local level climate change adaptation strategies.
- Organizing a series of meetings and consultations with communities and partners, and based on the lessons learned, Community Based Natural Resource Management plans are in the process of being reviewed or established with communities around the protected areas.
- Supporting the establishment and strengthening of peace-building committees and conflict- resolution mechanisms based on regular inter-tribal meetings, including across international boundaries.
- Through consultation with communities, capacity building through establishment and strengthening of grazing committees, supporting the development and implementation of grazing plans, the grazing committees will in turn provide training to herders in sustainable grazing practices.
- Identification and promotion of sustainable management practices and rehabilitation of indigenous rangelands was conducted. This was done through replanting/reseeding, creation of windbreaks, establishment of village nurseries, land and water conservation and capacity building of communities. However, support needs to be provided to protect and monitor the rehabilitated lands to ensure that degraded lands recover.
- Participatory scoping (geographic, institutional, market, policy and legislative factors impacting on alternative livelihoods options or livestock production intervention) and training needs assessments were done in all the target areas.
- Micro credit schemes, managed by the communities themselves, are being developed based on the approach currently implemented in northern Kenya by AU-IBAR.
- Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs) were trained on early detection and reporting of disease outbreaks and/or suspicions. The CAHWs were also provided with veterinary kits and basic stocks of veterinary drugs to intervene in cases of endemic diseases.
- Livestock market associations were trained to use novel ICT to access market information based on AU-IBAR and LINKS (The Livestock Information Network and Knowledge System) experience in northern Kenya.
- The entrepreneurial skills of women were developed and strengthened through capacity building in group dynamics, leadership, basic financial management, record keeping, processing and value-addition, negotiation skills, among others. However, targeted grants need to be provided to women via micro-credit schemes to either start up or add value to their small-scale enterprises (milk and sheep/chicken meat processing, hides and skins, honey, herbal plant, handicraft, um Arabic).
- Based on specific needs identified by the communities and/or stakeholders, exchange visits were organized at country level to share experiences between communities, implementing partners and government officials of countries directly or indirectly benefiting from the Project. Regional and continental exchange visits are planned.
- Some lessons learnt success stories, best practices are being documented in the form of policy briefs, posters, fact sheets, project reports and these will be disseminated electronically via the AU-IBAR and partners' websites. They will also be available as printed materials, CDs and video tapes.
- Technical workshops at the national, regional and continental levels were organized to assess progress on implementation and share experiences and lessons between implementing partners.