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.
In recent years, the question of how to broaden and diversify the financial basis for sustainable forest management (SFM) has received major attention. In Cameroon a diminishing donor involvement in the forest sector has been observed. A rapid assessment of existing financial mechanisms for SFM in Cameroon is to provide a knowledge and capacity basis for drafting the outline of a National Strategy for Forest Financing for Cameroon.
Collaboration takes place with the GEF-sponsored TRIDOM project which started late 2008. This project aims at the conservation of trans-boundary biodiversity in the Dja – Odzala - Minkebe (TRIDOM) zone in Gabon, Republic of Congo and Cameroon, comprising nine protected areas. Together with the TRIDOM project TBI investigates how best a financing mechanism can be developed to avoid an over-reliance on third parties (NGOs and externally funded projects) for the effective management of the existing protected areas and the inter-zones.
A rapid assessment study has been commissioned to the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management of the University of Yaounde II. The objectives of the rapid assessment are (1) to assess, from a broad perspective, past, current and developing forest management financing instruments, initiatives and experiences, (2) to assess their strengths and weaknesses (from different stakeholder perspectives) and (3) to formulate lessons learned about their application in the pursuit of SFM as laid down in the National Forest Policy.
The study will provide the outlines to attain a National Strategy for Forest Financing for the country as part of the Forest and Environmental Sector Plan.
Parallel to this goal to attain a National Strategy, an economic and financial analysis is prepared specifically addressing the costs made towards biodiversity conservation in strict protected areas and timber concessions.
2010 - 2011
2010 - 2011