Learning from Kenya & Tanzania for dryland management in Sudan
UNEP (United National Environment Programme) is working on land issues in Sudan to help the people and government of Darfur rebuild the social contract on natural resources and land. The report Natural resource management & land tenure in the rangelands: lessons learned from Kenya and Tanzania, with implications for Darfur (2014, 35pp) shows that exposing key decision-makers and technical staff to relevant experiences on natural resource management (NRM) and land tenure in similar dryland contexts can inspire homegrown solutions to local problems. A group of key actors from Sudan was taken for two weeks to learn firsthand about NRM and land tenure in the rangelands in Kenya and Tanzania. They visited Olkiramatian Group Ranch, Naibunga Conservancy, Resource Advocacy Project (RAP) and the Garba Tulla community (on common property regimes) and Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) and Terrat Community (on village land-use planning). This “Learning Route” allowed the participants to observe how others have solved similar challenges, to reflect on this and to draw lessons for their own context. It allowed them to discuss new ideas among themselves outside of their normal work environments, to build relationships between key institutions and individuals, and to articulate priorities for the way forward in Darfur.