Socio-economic Development Strategy for the Greater Garamba Landscape

~ A landscape approach to conservation planning

Advance Africa formulated a Socio-Economic Development Strategy for the Greater Garamba Landscape, which adopts a landscape approach, featuring thematic focus areas on human, wildlife and infrastructural evaluations.

The strategy assessmented associated pressures on the landscape (three Hunting Domains adjacent Garamba National Park and their local communities, including land tenure, livelihood activities and perceptions held towards park management) and proposed risk mitigation measures  in the form of key projects and enterprise development opportunities specific to identified regional linkages.

Specific thematic parameter analysis resulted in a deeper appreciation of strategic pressure points fundamental to the system. Detailed interrogation of associated impacts aided the determination of relationships between various agents and stakeholders, enabling the formation of specific solutions of mitigating unique associated risks.

The landscape approach has enabled key projects to fall under one holistic umbrella strategy (embodying the objective to promote socio-economic development) within the Garamba landscape and incorporates the uncertainty associated with the ebb and flow of complex and unique natural ecosystems of the Garamba region.