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Project title Implementation plans for natural resource management strategies for the Kumasi peri-urban interface
Project number R7995
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Project leader Expert details Korsi Ashong Lead organisation Organisation details  Centre for the Development of People 
Project period 01/05/2001 to 28/02/2002 Budget (£) 69,000
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NRSP keyword community management, knowledge, land tenure, livelihood strategies, natural resource management, participatory research, planning strategies, poverty, stakeholders 
Country Ghana 
Node: suite PUI 3: New knowledge of participation 
Production system Peri-Urban Interface 
Theme 2. Efficacy of participation in decision making for reaching the poor
6. Linking households and communities with policy makers
7. Institutional constraints to integrated NRM and options for change 
Project summary This project aimed to develop action plans to implement natural resource management strategies which benefit the poor, through extended interaction with principal stakeholders, and to enhance the understanding of participatory action planning processes for peri-urban natural resource management. The action plans were transacted through a participatory process that resulted in a strong sense of ownership of the plans by the communities concerned.  
Background The peri-urban interface can be conceptualised as a series of interactions between rural and urban areas characterised by flows of produce, finance, labour and services and by change – economic, sociological, institutional and environmental. Over exploitation of the natural resource base in the peri-urban interface leads to its degradation.
This project builds on the experiences gained by a previous NRSP research project, R7854, ‘Further knowledge of livelihoods affected by urban transition’, which aimed to create a new knowledge base to fill any critical gaps in existing knowledge bases for use in developing pro-poor action plans for the Kumasi peri-urban interface.  
Purpose To develop action plans to implement natural resource management strategies which benefit the poor, through extended interaction with principal stakeholders, and to enhance the understanding of participatory action planning processes for peri-urban natural resource management.  
Outputs Participatory processes were instituted and operated for planning action to implement natural resources management strategies in the Kumasi peri-urban area.
Three action plans were developed.
New knowledge was gained from the lessons learnt in instituting and operating participatory processes for action planning involving communities containing poor people.  
Achievements The action plans were transacted through a participatory process that resulted in a strong sense of ownership of the plans by the communities concerned.
The local institutions that participated in this project have developed their capacities for facilitating and performing participatory planning, and project findings have been taken up by target institutions in the pilot projects which are developing the action plans produced.
A subsequent NRSP research project, R8090, ‘Boafo Ye Nna’ (meaning ‘a helper is scarce’ to answer the question ‘who can help the peri-urban poor?’), aims to study some issues which arose during the formulation of the action plans and to observe the implementation of these plans and extract lessons of experience from it.