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Local land use and allocation plans reduce conflict in the Anambé valley in Senegal


Rural communities in the Anambé river basin in Senegal have been raising awareness of local land use and allocation plans (POAS) in their local areas. This initiative, supported by GWI and begun in 2012, has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of conflicts over land in the region and is a process which could be replicated elsewhere.

Local land use and allocation plans reduce conflict in the Anambé valley in Senegal

GWI West Africa has been working with the institution responsible for managing the development of the Anambé valley (the Société de Développement Agricole et Industriel du Sénégal - SODAGRI) to support the rural communities of Kandiaye, Kandia, Saré Colly Sallé and Médina Chérif in raising awareness about their POAS.

As a result, governmental and locally elected officials say that they are now much less frequently called upon to resolve local conflicts, for example those linked to straying livestock. Whereas in the past, arbitrating and managing conflicts between herders and farmers took up a large part of their working time. However, in order to ensure the continued functioning of the POAS, a number of challenges will have to be addressed by local organisations with the support of SODAGRI and other partners.

Read this factsheet to find out more about the awareness raising process, the benefits already observed since the process began, and the next steps that need to be taken to ensure the success of these plans.

Find out more about our work in Senegal.