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First WB3 training pilot in Morocco completed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Erik van den Elsen   

Participants of the workshop in action.The training workshop in Rabat, Morocco was held from 16 – 24 June 2007. The training aimed at enabling the participants to conduct a stakeholder workshop to identify and assess local desertification problems and solutions (WP3.1) and to use the WOCAT questionnaires and databases to document and evaluate existing and potential conservation strategies in their study site (WP3.2).

 

The training workshop was attended by 10 participants, thereof 2 from Tunisia. It was a pilot run for the training as well as for the first stakeholder workshop.

 

The first two days, which were dedicated to the ‘Learning for Sustainability’ methodology and the training in moderation skills, were well received. The exercises prepared proved to be suitable, but time was a constraint.


Participants of the workshop in action.The following 3-day stakeholder workshop took place in Sehoul community, about 15 km outside Rabat. It was attended by around 6 land users during the first two days and additional 8 ‘external participants’ (government representatives, technicians, agricultural advisors, etc.) on the third day.

 

The work with photographs presenting degradation and conservation was very promising, facilitating the land users to select options and express their knowledge. These photographs were used to explain and document the water and biomass cycles of this area, which lead to the desired mutual learning. The field day enabled to further deepen the understanding of the local degradation problems and the search for existing solutions and strategies. The latter were then compiled, assessed and discussed with the external participants on the third day.

 

Explaining different techniques in the field.This process of land users, researchers and technicians collectively identifying and assessing strategies was appreciated by the participants, especially during the field transect.

 

The last two days in Rabat were again focused on the training of the facilitators. The main aim was to introduce the WOCAT methodology and enable the participants to use the technology and approach questionnaires as well as the database to document and evaluate the local solutions identified during the stakeholder workshop. Again, time was very limited and everybody was exhausted at the end (after 7 consecutive days of workshop)!

 

The group of participants.The CDE team got valuable insights into the practical application of the methodology developed beforehand, which enables us now to improve the stakeholder workshop moderation guidelines and the training material.

 

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