Since its inception, CARI has invested in arid areas, their populations and their ecosystems by seeking to not only act on the ground, but also to promote the dialogue of the actors and the knowledge of public policy that is attached to it.

From a national level to a multilateral level via a regional level, CARI seeks to improve identification, structuring and representation of the voices of civil society. For that, since 1998, CARI has created various networks within civil society which it still leads today with an aim of organising civil society and to build an advocacy on the sustainable management of land in arid regions for decision makers.

The Desertification working group (GTD)

The GTD is a platform of French actors (ONG, scientists, private structures and local communities) formed to reinforce dialogue and actions of development actors, to mobilise public opinion and to influence decision makers. As a privileged representative of the French authorities on the question of desertification, GTD is an advocacy force in France and on the international scale through other networks in the Sahel, the world and at the United Nations Convention to Combat

The Desertification of the Sahel Network (ReSaD)

Four national platforms (Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and France) have united to combat against desertification and improve the living conditions of the populations. ReSaD supports an organised civil society in the combat against desertification. Since 2010, it offers a collective and concerted response favouring a reconciliation of the actors who combat against desertification and for sustainable land management. Relying on the expertise of their members, each platform shares their results of their many land projects. This enables them to centre their intervention on reinforcing their capacities and their advocacy power.

The Associative Network of Sustainable Development of the Oases (RADDO)

A group of local associations (Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Chad and Niger) to save oases and promote sustainable development in these areas. The creation of RADDO responds to a cry launched by the oasis residents of Africa in order to stop the decline of the oases because they notice the degradation of these vital ecosystems. For several years, upheavals and socio cultural change led to a malfunction of these areas. Existence, as well as the really valuable social and cultural inheritance which they diffuse is threatened today.

RADDO (Associative Network of Durable Development of the Oases) is an international network made up of active associations in the oases of the Maghreb (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania), of Chad and Niger that have an objective to promote sustainable development of the oases of the Maghreb by safeguarding and developing natural, economic, social and cultural inheritance. 

RADDO aims to reach the following results:

  • Development of an international association “platform” on the basis of national platforms in order to mobilise oasis associations;
  • Capacity-building for members to allow oasis associations to become recognised representatives ;
  • Development and communication of a shared technical expertise;
  • Rallying together of policy-makers in charge of development regarding the oasis problem.

Since 2009, CARI, a founder member of the network, has ensured the regional coordination of RADDO within the framework of its multiannual action plan, the concerted action plan for oases (PACO).

pS-eau- Mediterranean Antenna

CARI leads PS-eau activities in the Occitan area and on the South Mediterranean. The Water Solidarity Programme is a French platform that gives support to actors that prioritises access to water and sanitation in developing countries. Through the establishment innovative programs and assisting solidarity actors in water and sanitation sectors, pS-Eau prioritises better answers at the requests of the countries who are the least well-equipped in these fields.

The Water Solidarity Program was created in 1984 after a summit of European ministers, under impulse of the French Minister for the Environment It is meant to answer the challenge of the international decade of drinking water and sanitation. The overall goal of pS-Eau is to improve access to water and sanitation in developing countries by supporting and developing actions for international solidarity. This includes facilitating and encouraging the development of initiatives for access to water and sanitation

Activities led by the pS-Eau to achieve this goal include.

  • Access to knowledge and comprehension of the problems of drinking water and santitation sector;
  • To reinforce actors' skills in the access to drinking water and sanitation and to improve the coherence of their actions;
  • To develop and disseminate information necessary to actors in the access to drinking water and sanitation sector.

Drynet network

CARI is also one of the founders of the international network Drynet (15 ONG partners working on four continents) and held the first presidency in 2014/15. This network is an intercontinental initiative intended to defend the issues related to the land.

Drynet capitalises and shares information develops shared positions of civil society on the questions relating to the means of sustainable subsistence and the use of the land in arid regions. The network also carries out an international plea via the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and via the other multilateral agreements on the environment such as the Framework United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

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