Skills strengthening

Capacity building is one of the sub-components of the PADAP project. It mainly targets local community organizations, decentralised authorities and representatives of central ministries in the regions. The initiative aims to assist stakeholders in effectively managing the landscape in an integrated manner.

A program that costs $10 million

The PADAP project has allocated a budget of USD 10.7 million for capacity building. A portion of this amount will be used to fund technical support, enforcement of customary rules and laws, management of financial and human resources, and strengthening partnerships with stakeholders. Another portion will be provided as compensation to landowners who support conservation practices to protect irrigation systems.

Strengthening the skills of local community organizations

Just as forest user associations or grassroots communities (COBA), water user associations (AUE) are among the beneficiaries of capacity building provided under the PADAP project. A large part of the training focuses on water resource management and the operation and maintenance of irrigation systems. Good ways to conserve forests, manage bush fires and practice agroforestry will also be addressed during capacity building.

Livestock groups, particularly the local government responsible for land use and the leadership of ranchers and farmers living in the target areas, will also have their share of the cake within the limits of capacity building of the PADAP project. Emphasis will be placed on the need to control grazing and watering to reduce grass burning and bush fires.

These practices are one of the main causes of soil erosion and siltation downstream of rivers and canals in some landscapes. Therefore, the PADAP project suggests alternative feeding solutions for the practice of fodder crops and better management of grasslands and communal watering points.

Capacity building of decentralised and decentralised local and regional authorities

The PADAP project aims to strengthen the capacities of decentralised local and regional authorities, including selected municipalities, districts and regions. The idea is mainly to encourage regional heads of government, mayors and their teams to apply a landscape lens. Municipal and regional land management plans have been established to this effect.

Local and national staff from line ministries, researchers from specialised technical bodies, including universities and private sector research organisations are also among the participants in the capacity building of the PADAP project.

As a result of capacity building, local people and structures in charge of forest, water, agriculture and land management should no longer have problems coordinating their actions.