Towards Sustainable Community-Based Mitigation of Rodent Issues in African Cities (SCARIA, 2021-2024)

Countries: Madagascar (Ankasina neighbourhood in Antananarivo), Ethiopia (Wolaita Sodo), Benin (Ladji Neighbourhood in Cotonou), and Niger (Gamkalleye neighbourhood in Niamey).  

A panel of academics, public services, social enterprises, local NGOs, associations and representatives will pursue two main objectives: 

(1) to build and animate multi-stakeholder local working groups in four urban living labs who will rely on both scientific and local knowledge to discuss and formalize an urban EBRM adapted to each local socio-economic, cultural and environmental context; 

(2) to produce baseline data (cartography; rodent diversity, mobility and spatial distribution; zoonotic pathogens in rodents and humans; socio-economic impacts of rodents; project perception by the inhabitants) in all four pilot sites to provide socio-environmental proxies for future urban EBRM implementation and evaluation. 

The goal of SCARIA is to provide a science base for achieving sustainability goals. We do this through collaborative research activities that focus on integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop Earth-system-based transformation pathways for sustainable development. 



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