Sustainable Land Management in Practice Guidelines and Best Practices for Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Liniger, H.P., R. Mekdaschi Studer, C. Hauert and M. Gurtner
Published year: 2011
Category: Guidelines & Toolkits

Production of guidelines for best sustainable land man- agement (SLM) technologies and approaches in Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA) has been part of TerrAfrica’s pro- gramme during 2009-2010. These guidelines and case studies are intended to help create a framework for invest- ment related to SLM in SSA. The particular aim of these guidelines is to identify, analyse, discuss and disseminate promising SLM practices - including both technologies and approaches - in the light of the latest trends and new opportunities. The focus is, in particular, on those prac- tices with rapid payback and profitability and / or other factors that drive adoption.

This document is targeted at key stakeholders in SLM programmes and projects at the design and implementa- tion stages, including practitioners, managers, policy- makers, planners, together with, financial and technical institutions, and donors. The guidelines are divided into two main parts. Part 1 highlights the main principles behind SLM, and what considerations are important for technologies and approaches to qualify as ‘best practic- es’ suitable for upscaling. Part 2 presents twelve groups of SLM technologies as well as a section on SLM ap- proaches. These are supported by specific case studies. Key resource persons and experts on SLM in SSA were asked to assist in finalising the SLM groups and to de- scribe specific case studies. This strives to be a ‘state of the art’ product.