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Research Platform : Production and Conservation in Partnership

Last update: 1 September 2016

The Research Platform «Production and Conservation in Partnership» (RP-PCP) was formally established in 2007 and renewed in 2010 after an external evaluation conducted by an external experts' panel. It associates the Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The French Embassy in Harare is also formally associated to the platform. The RP-PCP was validated by CIRAD in 2009 as one of its priority institutional arrangements (Dispositifs Prioritaires) in Africa.

General objective

The RP-PCP has to contribute to sustainable development, nature conservation and improved rural livelihoods in Southern Africa, through strengthening national research capacities, multidisciplinary approaches and institutional partnerships. The focus is on protected and neighboring production areas, with the ambition to improve the coexistence of agricultural productions and conservation of natural resources for the benefit of rural communities.

Research activities

They are carried out within the framework of the RP-PCP focus on “wild-domestic interfaces” and address issues related to “conservation and development”, which also correspond to three of the main research themes identified by CIRAD (Axes stratégiques 1, 4 and 6). The activities of the platform put strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches and they have been grouped in four broad thematic fields, namely :

  • Animal Health
  • Ecology
  • Governance of Natural Resources
  • Conservation and Agriculture

Institutional members

  • National University of Sciences et Technics ( NUST , Zimbabwe)
  • University of Zimbabwe ( UZ , Zimbabwe)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique ( CNRS , France)
  • Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement ( Cirad , France)
  • French Embassy in Zimbabwe ( Amba-France )

After a period dedicated to strengthening the initial partnership, in a local and national context, the Platform aims now at extending its collaborations with neighbouring countries of Southern Africa, with which Zimbabwe shares the transfrontiers parks' management (TFCA), in particular South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia ( RenCare project ). Contacts have also been undertaken with Kenya for exchanging experiences.

Organisation

The rules and procedures for the functioning of the RP-PCP are detailed in a formal agreement signed in 2007 by the representatives of the four scientific partners (CIRAD-CNRS-NUST-UZ) and the French Embassy in Zimbabwe. This agreement specifically indicates that the strategic orientations of the platform are decided by the Advisory Board (AB), whereas the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) is in charge of the implementation and follow up of research and academic activities. It was reconducted in 2010, after an external review by an independent team and one research site, in Mwange national park, was labelled by CNRS.

Advisory board

  • President: SE Laurent Delahousse, Ambassador of France in Zimbabwe
  • Partners: Pr L. Nyagura (V.C. UZ), Pr L.R. Ndlovu (V.C. NUST), Dr Jean Albergel (Representative of CNRS/IRD), Dr Jacques Lançon (DR AFORA, Cirad)

Comité scientifique

  • Président : Pr Eddie Mwenje - Courriel
  • Coordinateur : Dr Michel de Garine-Wichatitsky - Courriel
  • Animateur transversal : Dr Hervé Fritz - Courriel
  • Santé animale et environnement : Dr Eric Etter - Courriel
  • Conservation et agriculture : Dr A. Murwira - Courriel
  • Ecologie : Pr Peter Mundy (Courriel )
  • Gestion des ressources naturelles et institutions : Dr B.B. Mukamuri (Courriel )

Last update: 1 September 2016

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