With the aim of translating the findings of SARD-M policy assessments conducted so far in the Mediterranean basin and in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) into concrete action on the ground, follow-up activities, identified by the regional and national stakeholders themselves, are currently being implemented.
The CIHEAM Bari, SARD-M Project’s focal point in the Mediterranean region, is developing an online SARD-M platform to facilitate the information sharing, communication, coordination and networking with partners at the Mediterranean region and country levels, in particular with the regional network of partners already committed to SARD in mountain regions.
The platform will provide an easy access to the main information produced in 2005 and 2006 in the framework of the SARD-M Project, and to the outputs of 2007 activities (i.e. the country profile descriptions, the overall description of mountain areas, as well as the specific policies, institutions and processes). Visitors will have the opportunity to send comments and propose the integration of additional information, for example, describing policies, institutions, processes. A database on significant stories for SARD in mountain areas will be also created and stakeholders, starting from the ones who have contributed to the SARD-M Project activities in the Mediterranean region, will be invited to consult the database and to upload other information and experiences.
In addition, an e-discussion forum involving stakeholders concerned in ongoing processes in Morocco mountain areas is being organized with the aim to review and discuss the SARD-M Project achievements in the Mediterranean region as well as in Morocco and for preparing proposals for joint action in this country. The outcomes will be presented and discussed during a concluding one-day meeting.
Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH)
ICIMOD, the SARD-M Project’s regional focal for the HKH, is developing a practical approach and tools to promote better inter-agency coordination and to design and implement SARD-M interventions in the HKH.
Five countries (Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan) have been selected for the identification of gaps, constraints, bottlenecks in coordination and critical factors governing mismatch between policy and legislative rules of the game and action at different levels (macro - meso - micro linkages) as well as of workable options for enhancing coordination for SARD-M activities in the HKH.
A guidebook including recommendations for use at different levels to promote better interagency coordination will be realised at the end of this process.