Video: Impact of Climate Change in Africa
Beyond the duration of the project, a specific dialogue on this issue is expected to be established with specific institutions of the region. Among other things, within the framework of the project, Ph.D. and master students working in these areas are supervised by experts at the BFW, CNSF and the BOKU ( Universität für Bodenkultur) which will support the purpose of exchange and dissemination of knowledge.
How can forestry research contribute specifically to combat the effects of climate change?The film produced by BFW titled, "Climate Change in West Africa - how forestry research in Burkina Faso can help?", using the example of the tree species Prosopis africana in Burkina Faso, gives an overview of the current situation of forest and forestry in West Africa. On the basis of concrete samples, the knowledge of the local population can be improved: Like, the use of the Zai and half-moon technique and water barriers helps to make the most use of the limited amount of available water. The selection of suitable plants from water consumption point of view and growth period depending on the type of tree is as important as the use of termites for the improvement and loosening of the soil.
In addition, the commitments like, technical assistance in the search for the origin, the drought test of the plants and training of students and potential future decision-makers, that were undertaken by the BFW within the framework of the project are also addressed.
To summarize it in the words of a local farmer of Burkina Faso: "There is no life without trees, no life means no animal and human life. That is why it is important to continue with these activities because whether we say it or not, trees mean life."
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