To get more information about the role ecosystems are playing in the development of the economy, human well-being and culture in (Sub-Saharan) Africa, the National Organizing Committee organized two field trips for the conference participants. The field trips took place on Thursday, 20 June.
Two sites were selected for the field trip:
Field trips description
Missahoé forest is located in the ecological zone of Togo. It is one of Togo's protected areas with natural beauty, unique geological features, unusual ecosystems and recreational opportunities. Within Missahoé, you will have the chance to visit the Analog Forestry training site. This is an opportunity to learn about how Analog Forestry, the new approach to ecological restoration, uses natural forests as guides to create ecologically stable and socio-economically productive landscapes.
The aim of this field work is to discover how Analog Forestry values not only ecological sustainability but recognizes local rural communities’ social and economic needs, which can be met through the production of a diversity of useful and marketable goods and services, ranging from food to pharmaceuticals, fodder etc.
Afterwards, a picnic will be organized on Kloto Mountain from where you can see the Lac Volta in Ghana, a neighboring country of Togo.
The site is about 16km from the venue. Before arriving on the site, the visit of “bats sanctuary” and “Viale Castle” are worth a detour.
This is one of the best domains that brings out methodologies to increase local economy through Agroforestry. Managed by Monks and in partnership with the local communities, hundreds of hectares have been worked following the agro-ecology technics. Fruits, coffee, cocoa and other local marketable products harvested from the domains are transformed in the center. Most of them are sold in the local markets, shops in Kpalimé and Lomé. Some parts are exported.
Here you will have the opportunity of learning about how they have managed the lands, contributed to the stability of the soil and the promotion of food sovereignty.
The site is about 70km from the venue.
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