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CSRS Annual Retreat 2017: Dohouan Symbol of Research Impact

The traditional annual retreat of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) held from 10 to 13 May 2017 in Aboisso. This retreat, which was attended by some thirty participants, was very singular in that it was held in a context of a change of direction for the CSRS. The Director General of CSRS, Prof. Bassirou Bonfoh, insisted in his speech on the necessity for each of the participants and the services that he represents to more investments: "you must ask what can you do for the radiance of the CSRS ".

The entire operation of the CSRS was reviewed during presentations and group work. The exchanges have been very fruitful and the Director General of CSRS is committed to take effective account of the recommendations formulated and a most rigorous follow-up. After the closure of the retreat, the participants traveled to Dohouan in the sub-prefecture of Nouamou where they visited the CSRS research station in that locality. The whole delegation welcomed the results obtained in that locality. Indeed, after nearly 10 years of fierce struggle, the populations helped by the CSRS succeeded in erecting the forest massif of Nouamou as a Voluntary Nature Reserve. 12,000 hectares of forest are thus saved.

To further materialize their willingness to accompany CSRS activities in their localities, the Dohouan populations graciously offered 6 ha of land  build a CSRS research station offices in Dohouan. It is quite naturally that a warm welcome has been reserved for the visiting delegation. The customary and administrative authorities were very happy to receive members of the CSRS with whom they shared a lunch on this occasion.

During this visit, the CSRS renewed its commitment to the people of Dohouan and Nouamou to work through participatory research to the well-being of the populations by providing probative solutions to the problems they encounter in line with its main fields of activity.                              

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