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Guinea natural resources management project: Final report, agroforestry/forestry component

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Contributors: Thomas K. Erdmann

This is the final project report for agroforestry and forestry activities of the Guinea Natural Resources Management project. The project was implemented from 1993 to1997 in three watersheds in Fouta Djallon, the central region of Guinea. Natural resources management and community enterprise development were the project\rquote s two major components. The project was implemented by Chemonics International, Inc. in collaboration with the Guinea Forest and Wildlife Department (DNFF) and funded by USAID/GUINEA. Forestry goals were to provide diverse forest products to villagers and to keep a small percentage of villages land-use zones in permanent forest cover to conserve biodiversity. Lack of upkeep and protection were problematic in reforestation and protected forest activities, as responsibilities were not well defined or appropriately assigned. Village land management committees were established to organize the management of community-based activities, provide communication between project technicians and the local population, and oversee the management of natural resources on all lands used by villagers. The committees were not readily accepted, as they received no training in natural resource and village land management and were not influential members of the community. In 1995/6 the project helped to establish an Inter-village Management Committee (IVMC) for the Nialama Forest Reserve and devise a preliminary management plan for co-management by the state, landowners and the local population. Goals were to protect and conserve the forest resource, provide local people with forest products, generate revenue from forest products and demonstrate the feasibility of this model as a means to save other Guinean forest reserves. Conflicting perceptions of forest uses between local people and the DNFF were a major constraint to the development of the co-management initiative. The lack of training and expertise for villagers and DFNN technicians in forest management also hampered the co-management initiative. The author recommends: Precise responsibilities and organizational methods must be defined for each village so that maintenance and protection tasks are accomplished; The establishment of protected forest zones is preferable to reforestation initiatives as it is more appropriate and sustainable at the village level;Project-sponsored agreements should be enforceable and include specific clauses regarding sanctions to be taken if any party does not honor the agreement.

Author(s): Thomas K. Erdmann

Publication Date: 1998

Location: Guinea

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