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Sustainable management of natural resources

The impact of human activities (expansion of cultivated land, firewood, overgrazing, bush fires, and gold panning) on natural resources is increasingly resulting in the erosion of biodiversity. According to statistics, more than one hundred thousand hectares (100,000 ha) of biomass are disappearing due to human activity in Mali.

It is therefore essential for MFC Nyetaa to contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, to put in place the necessary conditions to increase people’s access to clean energy and drinking water, and to promote income-generating activities as alternatives to the overexploitation of natural resources. MFC Nyetaa, through its Sustainable Natural Resource Management Program, supports and offers innovative solutions for integrated and sustainable natural resource management based on local community engagement and empowerment, capacity building, promotion of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, and the establishment of sustainable local financing mechanisms.

The projects and activities carried out within the framework of this program deal with the following themes :

  1. community forest management associated with agroforestry; 
  1. sustainable agriculture and/or the valorization of formerly cleared land;
  1. the development of income-generating activities as an alternative to the abusive exploitation of wood resources;
  1. the development of renewable and more economical energy alternatives;
  1. the sustainable development of forests through management and ecotourism;
  1. sustainable management of ecosystems with high environmental value and protected areas; 
  1. Improved agriculture and water management to strengthen community forest conservation;
  1. Capacity building, setting up a community communication system for information-education-communication and networking purposes;
  1. Community awareness on the environmental effects and impacts of gold panning through a multi-actor platform (State, local authorities, gold panners, civil society).