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RuralCat, a Catalan Virtual Community for the Agricultural, Food-Industry and Rural World

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The main aims of RuralCat is to encourage the use of new technologies in the rural world, help the sector grow by training and informing those connected with the rural environment and making them more competitive, drive the diffusion of knowledge and orientate users according to their common needs and interests. 

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Amélioration de la gestion de l’eau pluviale dans un contexte de rareté des ressources – Cas de la Tunisie

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C’est dans ce contexte que la Tunisie a déployé, en particulier depuis les trois dernières décennies, des efforts considérables qui se sont traduits par des réalisations physiques, institutionnelles, législatives, etc. dans le souci de limiter la dégradation des ressources et d’assurer une production agricole durable. A cet effet, une stratégie  de conservation des eaux et du sol (CES) a été mise en œuvre. Les nouvelles orientations de cette stratégie font de la conservation des eaux et du sol de véritables projets de développement agricole et de mise en valeur qui visent à la fois la préservation des ressources naturelles  et les aspects de production.

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The Wasundhara Approach

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Knowing what we know about poverty, climate change and resource scarcity, we have a responsibility to act. What is the most efficient and sustainable way forward? We began with the simple mission of using watershed development to empower the rural impoverished by uniting and organizing them around sharply felt, common crisis issues – land degradation and water scarcity. Watershed development is the basis of our approach. It is a straight forward ridge-to-valley approach that changes lives by reshaping landscapes and combating social injustices. We train village communities as well as NGOs across the country to re-form the land so it absorbs more water, leading to healthy ecosystems and higher, more sustainable crop output.

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Research programme on wetlands: achieving sustainable agriculture in sensitive ecologically areas

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Wetlands are sensitive areas of exceptional environmental wealth. Some of them, such as wet grasslands and peatlands, are closely interlinked with agricultural lands. Farmers can play a relevant role in the conservation of these areas and in water management in particular: regulation of the water resources, flood control, leachate treatment, etc.

However, a lack of knowledge prevent farmers to fulfill these objectives, and agriculture is actually way more often a competing interest, if not a threat, to wetlands conservation.

This analysis has motivated the Haute-Vienne Chamber of Agriculture research programme, which aims at conciliating the upholding of agriculture in wetlands and the protection of water resources and associated environments.

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