Potential and limitations for improved natural resource management (NRM) in mountain communities in the Rustaq district in Afghanistan

The Rustaq study focuses on the different levels of decision-making influencing the spread of sustainable land management as well as the natural and human environment determining these decisions in the context of hillside agriculture.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département responsable Haute école des sciences agronomiques, forestières et alimentaires
  • Institut Systèmes de produc- tion agricole éco- nomes en ressources
  • Unité de recherche Agriculture internationale et développement rural
  • Organisation d'encouragement Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (Bundesverwaltung)
  • Durée 01.05.2015 - 31.12.2017
  • Responsable du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Direction du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Équipe du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Partenaire Echanges Equipement
    Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern
    Swiss Cooperation Office SDC Kabul
  • Mots-clés Sustainable livelihoods and agriculture, natural resource management (land), Afghanistan

Situation

Aim of the project: Improving the understanding of interactions within the social-ecological systems of small watersheds in Rustaq district; and identify options for improved land management as the basis for improved livelihoods of local communities.

Approche

The Rustaq study works towards better understanding sustainable land management strategies of local farmers and the decision making processes and criteria in terms of their livelihoods. It also aims to identify institutions of importance in this regard at the regional, community and household level. This, in order to answer a number of recurrent questions regarding rural livelihoods, agricultural systems and land degradation (close collaboration with development project).