The Adwenase Forest Management Plan has received a massive facelift following its revision by the kind courtesy of the EU Chainsaw Milling project implemented by Tropenbos International Ghana and partners. The plan, first drafted in 1995 by the Resource Management Support Centre (RMSC) of the Forestry Commission and the Assin-Akropong community, was revised to keep step with current forest management practices.17 June, 2013
Converted chainsaw operators are warming up to establish forest plantations as an alternative livelihood to illegal chainsaw milling. This is because in April 2013, the EU Chainsaw Milling project implemented by Tropenbos International Ghana and partners provided the requisite starter kits to four chainsaw-dependent communities. The kits comprise seeds of commercial tree species for nursery establishment, protective clothing and requisite implements and materials for plantation development.17 June, 2013
The communities of Sankore and Brewaniase in Ghana, have received artisanal mills donated by the Timber Industry Development Division (TIDD) of the Forestry Commission under the EU Chainsaw project implemented by Tropenbos International Ghana and partners. The mills will be used by the communities to process raw materials acquired from legal sources through a partnership arrangement between chainsaw-dependent communities and forest concession holders.
Protected areas in Indonesia (accounting for more than 55 million hectares) have been designated for the purpose of providing environmental services, conservation and social and cultural services.
The largest component of protected areas in Indonesia consists of protection forests (31.6 million ha) followed by National Parks (23.3 million ha) and others. While National Parks have received considerable attention and management by central government; protection forests have received less attention and are managed by the local government. There is no active management of protected areas on the ground.
Development and a growing population have driven up demand for natural resources and protection forest is now being targeted for this increased demand for food, energy and building materials. These areas have become everybody's interest: regulation and financing for management area needed and the interests of communities living in and around these forests have to be heard. The interest in protected areas by the community at large is shown by the intense debate over the recent adoption of the government regulation No. 2 of 2008 on Tariff of Non Tax Government Revenue (PNBP) derived from the use of forest areas (particularly protection forests).
The perception by central government is that disturbance of protected areas is caused mostly by local communities. But while people have lived in and around these forests long before they were designated as protection forest, local land use systems in protected areas are not formally acknowledged and are basically ignored.
Protection forest has to be protected and managed to maintain its environmental services, which requires an active attitude from the various governments and the involvement of local communities. TBI intervention and studies in Gunung Lumut Protection Forest and other protected areas have increased understanding of their functions, their rich biodiversity and the role of local communities in protecting the forest.
This project will look at the importance of local land use systems in protected forest management, explore how they can improve protected areas management and at the same time avoid the marginalization of local communities in their management. Ultimately, this should lead to improved security and clarity of protected areas management.
Appropriate collaborative management systems for protected areas and protection forests that provide secure livelihoods for forest-dependent communities and maintain forest services.
2009 - 2013
2009 - 2013
Forest Research Institutes
Programme Director TBI Indonesia