GOURMANTOUR - Integrate socio-economic needs of peripheral populations of protected areas for better nature conservation in West Africa

Start
October 2013
End
September 2016
Project cost
680 000 €
Role in the project
Coordination

Countries

Burkina Faso

Fields

Agriculture Agroprocessing Biodiversity Climate Forest Market

Sectors

Cashew Organic waste Shea NTFPs Sesame

Main goals

Integrate socio-economic needs of peripheral populations of protected areas for better nature conservation in West Africa. The project intends to contribute to MDGs 1, 7 and 8

Specific objectives

Promotion of ecotourism as a catalyst for a local economy respectful of the environment along the cliffs of Madjoari and Gobnangou (see the website : https://www.gourmantour.org/en)

Beneficiaries

  • 5 local villages associations of 500 people
  • 5 local farms, fishing and hunting groups with 500 people
  • 5 groups of NTFP picker with 500 people and various Forest Management groups
  • 50 local craftsmen, 20 local community leaders (at least 35% of the direct beneficiaries are women)

Results

R1. The local ecotourism product offer has improved and is diversified, including enhancement of cultural, natural and landscape wealth (see the website : https://www.gourmantour.org/en)
R2. Demand for alternative tourism products around the W Park is stimulated
R3. Income generated from the local economy of peripheral regions of the Arly Park have improved
R4. A cell of multi-stakeholder governance - including administration of the territory and traditional use of resources - exists

Activities

A1. Creation of an ecotourism product peripheral of the Arly Park and structuring supply (see the website : https://www.gourmantour.org/en)
A2. Marketing promotion for responsible ecotourism
A3. Capacity building of local economic sub-sectors contributing indirectly to the ecotourism offer and to the conservation of natural resources
A4. Promoting a sustainable social dialogue between local authorities and populations

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Country representative

Souleymane Jules Gaye

Holder of a Master II in "Accounting and Financial Management" from the International School of Engineering (INSOFE), Boston, USA, he brings his expertise in sustainable community development in West Africa, particularly in the fields of identification and enhancement of local individual or collective initiatives

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Project Manager

Loïc Simonnot

Engineer in international agro-development from ISTOM, he has high-level expertise recognized by both the public and the private sector, in the shea sector: producers’ organizations, production, processing, marketing and on reducing environmental impacts of processing

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Project officer

Etienne Perrier

Having graduated from the Engineering School INSA of Lyon as an Engineer in Energy & Environment, option "Thermal systems engineering", Section "Top-level sport", he brings his expertise in renewable thermal systems implementation and analysis, in the food processing industry (shea and cashew), waste recycling and training of local experts

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Co-Director

Cédric Rabany

Holder of a Master of Science, "Agricultural Engineer and territories development" from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture (ISARA Lyon), he brings his expertise in agro-food/agricultural sectors' analysis and development, strengthening of supplychain actors (producers, private/public actors, agro-food industries...), socio-economic analysis of agricultural chains and his great knowledge of companies in these markets

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