Enhancement of forest scraps and reforestation of degraded areas in Central Africa

Funding: CBFF / AfDB, 2013

This project is based on two observations on forest degradation in Central Africa with the resulting acceleration of climate change on the one hand, and on the other, the poverty situation of local communities of forest-exploited areas poverty owing to low-income, and the lack of socio- economic infrastructure. The project objective is to contribute to the mitigation of deforestation and forest degradation in natural forests through forest processing scrap, restoration of degraded areas and the reduction of poverty in the Congo Basin.

In achieving this objective, the project activities are organized around the five components among which the reduction of the forest scraps rate, the development of sedentary agriculture, restoration of degraded areas, improving purchasing power and living conditions of people, project management.

CARFAD under a contract with the Global Water Partnership for Central Africa (GWP-CAf), had the task of producing phase one and two of the project, funded by the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF) through the African Development Bank (AfDB). Phase one comprises mobilization, organization of management committees of processing units forest scraps and quantitative and qualitative assessment of forest scraps and location, while phase 2 is on the mobilization and sensitization of target communities on the protection of degraded areas , and the identification and mapping of degraded sites.

The methodology developed to enable the implementation of the mission was the conceptualization of the terms of reference (TOR), the field mission that took place in 09 communities (Bikok, Ngat 1 Bilagal, Bengbis, Deng Deng, Bahanga Bakeng, Nkoll, Yebell) and report writing.

Obtained results:

  • 09 local committees to manage abandoned wood were mobilized;
  • 09 areas with a high concentration of forest scraps identified and mapped;
  • 09 communities identified and sensitized on the protection of degraded areas.
  • 09 degraded sites identified and mapped.

Difficulties faced:

  • the reluctance of some farmers to accept the collaboration with local communities;
  • difficulties in identifying new exploitation sites whose operating licenses are up to date;
  • the cultural attachment of the population to slash and burn agriculture.

 

 

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