CSRS ‘Rentrée solennelle’ 2018: "Ecosystems services", as a major theme for the year 2018

The ‘rentrée solennelle’ of the CSRS was held for the third time. It serves to give a symbolic kick-off to the resumption of CSRS activities after the end-of-year holiday period and to mobilize CSRS researchers and partners in a research synergy that revolves around transversal themes of the year. ‘Why and how to consider ecosystems services in development planning?’ was the theme of the solemn return of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifique en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) which took place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 in the premises of the institution.

The issue of ecosystems services is timely and of paramount importance in the perspective of sustainable development. They refer to the benefits humans derive directly or indirectly from ecosystems for their well-being including food, water, climate regulation and soil formation.

To discuss Côte D’Ivoire policy, the CSRS set up a panel of five experts, namely Mr. Jean Claude Koya, environmentalist, Prof. Inza Koné, conservation biologist and Director of CSRS Research and Development, Prof. Souleymane Konaté, ecologist, Dr. Hans-Ulrich Caspary, geographer and Dr. Daouda Dao, economist and Director of Resources and Valorization of the CSRS.

They questioned the contribution of agriculture, climate change, scientific research, networking, capacity building and the economy in preserving ecosystems services. The discussions highlighted the need for an inter-and transdisciplinary approach in the study and development of projects related to ecosystems services. Also, training of young researchers and farmers as well as communication to policy makers need to be strengthened.

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