Activities related to the preparation of the inception phase, implemented by the project team are the following:
- Communication and planning.
- Development of the Project work plan.
- Preparation of flyers, poster, PowerPoint presentations and information to be posted on the AU-IBAR website (in French and English).
- Drafting of a communication and visibility plan.
The Project's ultimate beneficiaries are composed of pastoral, agricultural and agro-pastoral communities, particularly vulnerable groups including women whose livelihoods largely depend on the sustainable management of land and other natural resources conflicting with wildlife. About 350 towns and villages totaling close to one million inhabitants are found within 40 km of the protected areas in the WAP Complex. The largest riparian population is found in Benin (close to 700,000 persons), while the smallest is found in Niger (less than 100,000 persons). Burkina Faso has about 200,000 persons around the complex; 40 communities/villages around the Niokolo Complex, totalling close to 200,000 pastoralists in Senegal, Guinea and transhumant herders from Mali, about 600,000 pastoralists from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria and 350,000 pastoralists in the Karamajong .
The inception phase lasted for 6 months. The objective of the inception phase was to:
- Secure the cooperation commitments of the partner institutions establish the Project team and identify the national, regional project focal points of the participating Member Countries and RECs.
- Collect baseline data and conduct a detailed stakeholders' analysis in order to assess the Project's impact at completion.