Game at the CPWF water forum with scientists, November 2011

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November 2011

Pretoria, South Africa

Presenting the practice database
Learn about best practices from other basins

number of participants

card allocation
Randomly allocated

landscape definition
Virtual humid landscape

amounts of landscapes

cards in the game
Humid zone technologies

exchange rules
Free exchange between landscape
free exchange with the help desk

The strategies developed during the game :
group 1
UPLAND : hillside terraces, orchards (market access, know-how), woodlots
MIDLAND : bunds (community organization), grass strip, crop-based fertility management (know-how), limit animal movement and improve livestock breeds.
LOWLAND : micro dam and ponds
Farmer organization (cooperative) Link farmers to market Training Participatory approaches Build on existing structures Group-based economic incentives Smallholder groups credit/saving association NGO’s involvement

Group 2
UPLAND : fruit trees, limiting animal movement, apicultures
MIDLAND, crop-based fertility, improved soil nutrient input, hillside terraces, improved livestock breeds, cut-off drains, ponds
LOWLAND : micro dam, area exclosure
fishing, pasture, eco-tourism, rice, recession agriculture
innovation : recession agriculture
Build an airport

What are the major lessons learned in terms of water management ?
The developed strategy, fit pretty well the concept developed based on the last round of the happy strategy game and the various stakeholder workshops. At landscape scale, a strategy consist of a combination of practices that increase infiltration in the upland, increase soil and water conservation in the midland and increases water access and efficient use in the lowlands.
What are the major lessons learned to improve the games?
In this format, the game becomes much more a discussion tool that really an interactive games. In this version, innovation and intervention cards have been hardly used, whereas the discussions clearly discussed these issues. Nonetheless, this version seems to work well with people that do not know the sites or the different rainwater management practices.

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