Involving People in the Singou River Basin Management
Info4Dourou improves the availability of natural resource information for local people and improves scientific understanding of the mixed agricultural-savanna landscape.
The project brings together students and scientists from different groups at EPFL and their counterparts in Burkina Faso with a strong focus on public cooperation.
Since 2011, the Info4Dourou Project is over, but research does continue with the Info4Dourou 2.0 project…
The key points in 2 minutes:
- To reinforce and increase water and natural resource management capacity by engaging technology for development
- To research dynamics between ecohydrology and watershed management in a West African context
- To increase the ability of the rural community to adapt to changing environmental pressures
- Information and communication technology for environmental management
- Ecohydrology of heterogeneous agricultural-savanna landscape
- Watershed dynamics and management of small, semi-arid catchment
- Implementation of soil water balance for millet crops and agroforestry trees
- Establishment of an environmental resource center in collaboration with the village youth association
- Creation of a botanical garden in association with the women’s cooperative to promote reforestation and crop diversification
- Installation of a wireless sensor network (Sensorscope) providing hydrologic and meteorological data in real-time over Internet
- Ongoing monitoring and measurement of environmental and micro meteorological variables through specialized equipment
Original Project Partners
Projet de Renforcement des Capacités des Communes Urbaines (PRCCU), BURKINA FASO
With the support of :
- Foundation for the Third Millennium
- Velux Foundation
- NCCR MICS
Interdisciplinary, interschool and international, Info4Dourou is one of the new SCHOOL Projects in scientific cooperation for development.
Il brings EPFL expertise to tackle a complex development issue, in which exchange between several disciplines is required. It also turns to a dialogue between external partners, scientists and financial backers, in areas of development that call for a worldwide effort.