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Gambian Forest Management Concept (GFMC), Draft 2nd Version

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Contributors: Werner Schindele

Gambia has 66 forest reserves covering an area approximately 34,000 ha, about 7% of the total estimated 489,000 ha of total forest area. Since 1984, the Gambian Forest Department (FD) has been establishing a natural resource management model with technical assistance from the German government. This is a second version of the Gambian Forest Management Concept (GFMC). The GFMC developed and introduced in 1995 by the former Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, provided a framework for forest management in Gambia. The new Forest Act was enforced in 1998, and it included regulations on community and private forest management. The GFMC merges models of natural forest management in forest reserves and in community forests based on the experience of forest management since 1980. It is based on a nucleus concept where decentralized forest stations coordinate the management of all forest areas within the country. It therefore calls for active community participation in forest reserve management. The sharing of benefits from the forest with local people to alleviate poverty in the rural areas is a prerequisite of the GFMC. The main objective of the GFMC are to conserve and improve the forest resources of the Gambia in order to supply as much as possible of the country’s demand for forest products through sustainable management of it’s forest resources. The long-term vision of the GFMC is to have at least 30% of the land cover gazetted as permanent forest cover and managed according to the objectives defined by management plans. The legally gazetted permanent forests will be under four categories: forest parks, community forest, private forest and protected areas. Management plans are established with adjacent communities. Each village is allocated a sub division of the park. State management applies only for portions of forest park dedicated to research, development and testing of new management techniques. All other forest parks are managed in collaboration with the local people.

Author(s): Werner Schindele

Publication Date: 2001

Location: Gambia

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