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KEITA - Integrated Rural Development Programme in the Ader Doutchi Maggia, Valley of Keita

Objectives: The main objective was to increase food security over a very large area, while combating desertification through the reduction of soil erosion and reforestation, giving priority to:
- global recovery of a watershed through the reclamation of unproductive areas,
- massive participation of the population in the land recovery activities,
- creation of a project structure appropriate for the interventions over large areas.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Sustainable land use management, including water, soil and vegetation in affected areas
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: General Directorate for Cooperation for Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy); UNOPS, National Governments
Contents: The Project has been active through three phases. The third phase, with the full transfer of project management to the Niger authorities, is due to end by the year 2003, when a final phase will start with the objective of the transfer of the funding of all project activities within the Niger national budget.
Means of Implementation: Establish of a territorial database on the Project area (socio-economic, cartographic, meteorological, inventory of Project ’s interventions).
Production of thematic cartography on the Project area, about 5,000 sq km.
Analysis of the hydrological characteristics of watersheds and of erosion risk.
Analysis of the vegetation biomass distribution in the area.
Climatic analysis.
Multi-temporal and multi- spectral analysis of temporal evolution of the effects of conservation and reclamation works.
Processing and integration of satellite (LANDSAT TM,SPOT) and aerial photos.
Development of environmental information system on the Project area.
Training of fifteen experts from the Ministry of Environment and other technical institutions.
Target year: 2003
Target Area/Place: Niger - Valley of Keita
Expected Outcome(S): Positive conditions for the regeneration of the physical environment were established, through soil conservation on 12,000 sq km of severely degraded slopes and hill tops.
Income-generating opportunities were developed, through the huge amount of labour required for the soil conservation works, mostly for women.
Male rural migration decreased, thanks to the development of agro-sylvo-pastoral activities on recovered land.
Production and service cooperatives were set-up at village level.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to the managing of natural resources as a base for sustainable development in particular:
- gender issues
- sustainable agriculture and rural development
-watershed management
Other Information:
(Contact): Dr. Flavio Lovisolo
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate General for Development Cooperation
Phone: +
Address: Via Contarini, 25 00194 Roma
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