| Funding by: |
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands,
the European Union,
the Global Peatlands Initiative
and Wetlands International.
Situated in Mali, the Niger Delta is a vast Sahelian wetland system. Once a year the river Niger floods a vast area of up to 40,000 square kilometers, creating a haven in what is further a dry and barren environment.
About one million people live in this environment, sharing it with a rich variety of Flora and Fauna, including millions of migratory birds from all over Europe, Siberia and Western Asia, that winter here every year.
80% of the labour force in Mali works in agriculture, and most of the labour employed in this sector does not receive a reasonable payment.
As a result, day by day people find themselves forced to over-exploit their flood-forest environment in order to survive.
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There are 4 levels at which Bio-rights could be implemented in the Niger Delta:
- the village level, looking at a few villages in a limited area.
- the user-group level, involving all groups implicated in the process of development, such as for example women''s associations involved in bird exploitation.
- the community level, looking at particular biological situations.
- the ecosytem level, looking at the full scope of the area.
The following are specific areas which have been singled-out:
- Reforestation of flood forests with local people
- The bird market and women''s associations
- Saving the Crowned Crane
- Tolerating large aquatic animals
- Safe haven for cattle
- Rice for food and for birds
- Fish biodiversity and economy
- Dry forests
- Water and Bio-rights