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.
The project works in areas with fragile Andean-Amazonian ecosystems whose communities are trying to adapt to climate change. Based on real-life testimonies and case studies from the communities, the project compiles information about the impact of climate change and the adaptation practices that come from the traditional management of the natural resources and of the ecosystem. This information is gathered to develop public policy recommendations and advocacy activities to help Andean and Amazonian communities cope with the impacts of climate change.
The project is implemented by IUCN and SPDA and takes place in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia. TBI Colombia facilitates the project in Colombia, coordinating initiatives and elaborating base line studies in the Middle Caquetá River region, especially in Araracuara among indigenous communities of ethnic groups as Nonuya, Uitoto, Andoque, Yukuna, Matapí and Muinane. Such studies include, an analysis of several traditional practices related to the indigenous knowledge of “healing time", including the performance of rituals for the seasonal cycles and the shamanistic management of the seasonal supply of livelihoods including wildlife animals, fish and fruits; and a detailed study of the traditional cultivation system “chagra”, which hold more than 120 seeds, including plant varieties resistant to droughts and prolonged flooding.
All the activities developed studied the way local communities adapt to climate changes based on the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities on the use of biodiversity in order to reach to generate policy recommendations on policy frameworks and teachings for similar ecosystems under threat. One of the main results is the publication The Life of the Chagra: Traditional Knowledge and Practices Contributing to the Adaptation to Climate Change, a video Curando el tiempo produced by SPDA and an animation of the Calendario Annual Muina with the local climate indicators and the traditional tales related to them. TBI Colombia also organized the capacity building event Biological and Cultural Diversity: Keys for the Adaptation to Climate Change reuniting several initiatives in Colombia working in adaptation form a local perspective.
Today indigenous communities in the Middle River Caquetá are working in the promotion of the diversity of life seed banks since they have recognized how this makes them more resilient to climate variations. This makes communities stronger in the debate about the threats of climate change at a local level and helps them demonstrate the functionality of their traditional practices for the management of the natural resources in the framework of adaptation.
To generate policy recommendations on policy frameworks and options for adaptation to climate change, based on the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities on the use of biodiversity.
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Programme Director TBI Colombia