The Gambia, Guinea, Mali and Senegal Project Sites
PROGEBE will focus on maintaining current population levels of the three targeted endemic ruminant livestock breeds (N’Dama cattle, Djallonké sheep, West African Dwarf goat) at twelve pilot project sites in four target countries, as well as increasing the relative populations of these breeds as a percentage of the total livestock at the project pilot sites, and on the development of a model for in-situ conservation of endangered breeds of West African endemic livestock and protection of their habitats in selected priority pilot sites. PROGEBE will, in summary, address threats to globally significant endemic ruminant livestock in West Africa, remove barriers to long term sustainable protection and management of these livestock, improve the enabling environment, develop and replicate sustainable use models, and build capacity for continued work in this regard over the long term.
The project targets an area covering the eastern Gambia, southern and south-eastern Senegal, western and southern Mali, and central and southern Guinea. This border area is composed of four plant communities, dominated by woodland, savannah shrub, woodland and gallery forest. In these sites, the project pilot sites chose twelve key, to implement interventions in the field, and eight secondary sites for replication of certain activities. This is for (1) The Gambia: Niamina East, West Kiang, Nianija, Sami, Kombo East, (2) Guinea to: Gaoual, Dinguiraye, Beyla, Mandaina Siguiri, Faranah and Mamou, (3) Mali of: Madina Diassa, Manankoro, Sagabari, Touseguela, Koundian; and Senegal from Bandafassi, Wassadou, Tenghory, Medina Yoro Foula, Ndiamacouta. These sites represent different types of natural ecological conditions and modes of resource management (including sedentary agro-pastoral systems and grazing systems migration and transhumance) illustrate the magnitude of the impact of anthropogenic past and current threats to ecosystems.