Mauritania, RURALITIES Project Activity: Workshop and Excursion for Environmental Studies

In an ambitious effort under the RURALITIES framework,  conducted an awareness workshop coupled with a scientific excursion for Master students specializing in Environmental Biology and Sahelian Ecosystems, starting from February 15, 2024. This initiative stands as a testament to the project’s commitment to environmental education and community engagement by UNIVERSITE DE NOUAKCHOTT AL AASRIYA.

The workshop, part of the RURALITIES project’s broader objectives, aimed to enhance the visibility of crucial environmental issues within the civil community of Mauritania, drawing attention for the target area. The event was strategically designed to bridge the gap between academic research, policy-making, and community-level environmental practices.

Complementing the workshop, the scientific excursion offered a practical, field-based learning experience for the students. Immersing themselves in the Sahelian ecosystems, they explored viable topics for their Master’s theses, which are expected to focus on sustainable development, promotion of local activities, and innovative income-generating ventures that leverage ecosystem resources. 

These student-led research initiatives are aligned with the RURALITIES project’s goals to foster sustainable community development and to provide the target population with training in new, eco-friendly, and profitable professions. By linking academic research directly with the needs and potentials of local ecosystems, the project aspires to create a sustainable model for environmental and economic development.

This holistic approach facilitated by the RURALITIES project in Mauritania not only enriches the educational experience of the students but also cultivates a sense of responsibility and innovation in addressing environmental challenges. It sets a precedent for how academic programs and community projects can intersect to yield tangible benefits for both the environment and the people living within it.

The success of the workshop and excursion under the RURALITIES framework has sparked optimism for future collaborative efforts in environmental conservation and community development in the Sahelian region. As these Master students advance in their research, they carry forward the RURALITIES project’s vision, contributing to a sustainable future for Mauritania and beyond.




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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement no 101060876. UK participants in Horizon Europe Project RURALITIES are supported by UKRI grant numbers: 10051963 The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership and 10050988 Earthwatch Europe.