Areas of rapid change
Most of ADAP’s areas of intervention are those of the last “frontiers” of resource extraction processes. Once these extraction processes develop, they lead to rapid changes at the local level, against which community actors are often ill-prepared. In this sense, ADAP views its partnerships as long-term relationships with local partners. Ideally it does not necessarily see an end in the sense of disengagement, but rather more of a transformation in the support relationship, from a driving role at its inception to a role corresponding more to an ability to respond to increasingly specific needs formulated by its partners.
Finally, ADAP is increasingly involved in advocacy processes for the benefit of its local partners, supporting their networking at the national and international level and promoting their inclusion in civil society networks committed to defending the rights of communities.
Results and experience capitalization
The two projects in which ADAP and its partners have achieved significant results in terms of both local development and nature conservation are the projects that have been carried out in Burkina Faso (2004 – 2016) and Tanzania (2002 – ongoing).
With regards to Burkina Faso, ADAP participated with several other donors in the analysis of the experience supporting the establishment of community-resource management zones called Zones Villageoises d’ Intérêt Cynégétique (ZOVIC). From a project initiated in a village in the rural outskirts of Fada Ngourma, the project spread to all the peripheries of protected areas in eastern Burkina Faso, and the local partner AFAUDEB has experienced considerable growth, succeeding in obtaining substantial funding from various other donors (IUCN, FFEM, EU, FARM Africa, etc.). In addition to this joint analysis ADAP is also conducting its own analysis process, the results of which should be available in 2018.
In the Tanzania project, the process has been somewhat different. Very interesting results have been achieved in both local development and biodiversity conservation. The Beekeeping Zone managed by Inyonga Beekeepers Association (ADAP’s local partner) is, in the opinion of government partners, the best-managed reserve in the region. It also produces significant revenues since out of the 850 km2 of this area about 40 tons of honey are produced each year. In addition to conducting a workshop on the future of forest reserves in the Mlele District in September 2015 in Dar es Salaam in the presence of many partners, ADAP plans to conduct further research on the experience conducted in the West Tanzanian during the 2016-2019 phase.