Accepting the importance of sustainable land and water management has truly become a focus point for the Government of Sudan.
The end of last year saw the country’s government and the World Bank sign a grant amounting to US$7.73 million) to support the country’s efforts to promote the implementation of sustainable land and water management practices through the Sudan Sustainable Natural Resources Management Project (SSNRMP).
The project’s integrated approach addresses the sustainable management of natural resources to improve livelihoods and landscapes in Sudan. As the poorest 4% of the population derive their livelihoods from the agriculture and livestock sectors, the project is centered on these communities whose lives are directly influenced by environmental challenges. By supporting sustainable land and water management practices, biodiversity conservation, and ecosystems rehabilitation, the Sudan Sustainable Natural Resources Management Project strives to decrease the negative effects of land degradation, create sustainable alternative livelihoods, and provide the basis for long-term stability.
Sudan recognized the importance of natural resources management early and passed several acts and policies, each recognizing the importance of environmental protection and sustainable development. Implementation will grant a central role to local communities and give special attention to women, pastoralists and landless villagers whose livelihoods rely on healthier ecosystems and improved managed habitats.
I personally support this initiative taken by Sudan because it is the involvement of local communities and their ownership of the project which is the key to the success – they will be key players and will be empowered through their roles as active participants in the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in Sudan.