One example of collaboration in developing countries…
The four NGOs shared their knowledge and skills for an environmental project to protect mangroves: “Mangroves University Expertise”. Mangroves are a fundamental natural resource for the local economy that provides timber and non-timber forest products, fishing, useful resources in pharmacopoeia… This resource is declining due to natural factors, climate change and human actions. The basic needs of local communities (food, income, medicines, culture…) are affected by shrinking mangrove numbers.
The Walloon Agency for Air and Climate selected our project on this biotope threatened by climate change. The actions taken will help inhabitants learn how to manage, promote, restore, and protect their natural resources. The project will support community empowerment. Based on the experiences of Eclosio in Western Africa, of Louvain Cooperation in Madagascar and of ULB-Cooperation in the management of natural areas, the project will enable the exchange of good practices between communities living in mangroves and deltas in Senegal, Benin, Togo, and Madagascar as well as empowering them to acquire knowledge together.
The collaboration between the four NGOs is not over. Together we work on developing the fonio sector in Benin and the health sector in the DRC. Several projects will take place in the future, all aiming to benefit the local communities.