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Thursday
Aug302012

Perú: Participatory Restoration & conservation of a fragile mangrove ecosystem

El Bendito: the Peruvian Pacific
Sylviane Bilgischer (Belgium/ Perú), Roberta Colombano (Italy/Netherlands), and Carolina Quiroz (Mexico) began developing a project to restore and conserve a fragile Mangrove ecosystem in a village in Perú in January.

Young Mangroves in El Benedito

El Bendito is located close to the Tumbes in Perú comprising a portion of the eco-region of mangroves in the Gulf of Guayaquil. This is a protected area for the conservation of mangroves. This community lives in close relation with mangroves through the extraction of hydro biological products.

After a participatory needs assessment they discovered that the community members of El Bendito are finding it difficult to maintain productive livelihoods due to an increasingly stressed mangrove ecosystem linked to climate change related variable weather patterns and rising sea levels, and solid waste placing additional pressure on mangrove forest resources (such as shellfish and crab).

A mangrove forest in its natural habitat

After a thorough literature review and discussions with colleagues they developed their project using two compatible programs--a mangrove restoration program and a solid waste management program:

 

[Problem 3]. Increasingly stressed mangrove ecosystem
Mangrove protection Program
[Solution to underlying causes: variable weather patterns and rising sea levels]:
[Activity 1]. Workshop on the importance of mangroves to the health of their fisheries
[Activity 2]. Workshop on community involvement for mangrove restoration or reforestation
[Activity 3]. Facilitate the organization of the community-based mangrove forest management committee
[Activity 4]. Mapping and Identifying degraded mangrove systems
[Activity 5]. Mangroves restoration (by a “put into action” workshop)

Their solid waste program places importance on a governmental advocacy campaign:
Solid waste management Program [Solution to underlying cause: lack of a government management plan and infrastructure investment]:
[Activity 1]. Solid waste awareness workshop, quick-wins through local actions and follow-up
[Activity 2]. Facilitate the organization of a community-based solid waste management committee
[Activity 3]. Develop an advocacy campaign to determine the best way of Elaborating of a solid waste management plan by the Provincial Government

Download their report and needs assessment:
Needs assessment

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Thursday
Aug302012

Forest Reserve Nigeria: REDD+ | NTFP | Climate Smart Agroforestry

Afi Forest Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary, Nigeria
Bridget Nkor (Nigeria), Jason Yapp (Malaysia/UK) & Donatella Fregonese (Italy/UK) began developing a project in January with the indigenous Buanchor community who are the custodians of--and who live in three villages that are surrounded by the Afi Forest Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary a habitat for gorilla and a biodiversity hotspot.

Afi Forest Reserve Map

A participatory needs assessment was conducted with 280 community members who were representative of the 2000 people living in the forest reserve.

Based upon the needs assessment we concede that the Buanchor are suffering from high unemployment, a loss of environmental services that had been provided by the forests due to forest encroachment and poaching, and a reduction in their agricultural livelihoods due to climate change induced periods of drought.

A village in the center of a forest reserve

Bridget, Jason, and Donatella have developed a project designed which includes the development of nontraditional forest products, market development for these products, a REDD+ forest stewardship program, and a climate smart agroforestry program.

[Problem 1]. High unemployment rate
NTFP Skills and Microenterprise Program
[Solution to underlying cause: lack of micro-enterprise skills and market opportunities]:
[Activity 1]. Participatory community NTFP committee/association formation
[Activity 2]. Non-timber forest products and markets assessment
[Activity 3]. Association sales and marketing strategy
[Activity 4]. Participatory vocational skill needs analysis
[Activity 5]. Non-timber forest products skills development training program
[Activity 6]. Microenterprise skills development workshops

Download their report and project outline here:
Needs assessment with photos
Solution Oriented Project Outline

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Wednesday
Aug292012

Forest & People Centered Adaptation Case Study Compilation

September 2012
Bangladesh | Perú | Malawi | Nigeria
Riparian Forest Management | Mangrove Restoration | Agroforestry | REDD+ | NTFPs
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September Case Studies:
 
Forests can provide tremendous environmental services to adjacent communities who suffer from challenges with water: too much water and too little water. Forests help rainwater percolate into soil and into groundwater systems reducing flooding and erosion, and charging village springs. Forests provide protection, livelihoods, food and fuel.
 
Communities don’t always understand the importance of forests, but it is essential for community members to be at the center of any restoration or conservation effort. They need to be involved in the assessment of forest health, the determination of risks and challenges caused by deforestation, and the design of restoration and conservation projects—and in their co-management. This community based approach builds ownership and the long-term stewardship that is necessary for positive impact and sustainability.
 

Forest-focused projects developed by CSDi field partners have included:

  • watershed reforestation/restoration
  • developing community forest conservation groups
  • village spring protection through tree planting
  • introduction of agroforestry techniques for small scale farmers
  • REDD+ projects
  • forest conservation for ecotourism
  • natural resources management and conservation
  • non-traditional forest products for income generation
  • community based riparian forest management for flood mitigation
  • participatory mangrove restoration for storm protection and income generation
  • climate smart agroforestry
  • community afforestation
1.  Forest Reserve Nigeria: REDD+ | NTFPs | Climate Smart Agroforestry
Bridget Nkor (Nigeria), Jason Yapp (Malaysia/UK) & Donatella Fregonese (Italy/UK) began developing a project with the indigenous Buanchor community who are the custodians of the Afi Forest Reserve—a habitat for gorilla—and biodiversity hotspot.
The community is suffering from a loss of environmental services provided by the forest due to forest encroachment and poaching.

The adaptation project includes the development of Non-Traditional Forest Products, a REDD+ forest stewardship program, and a climate smart agroforestry program.

2.  Perú: Participatory restoration & conservation of a fragile mangrove ecosystem
Sylviane Bilgischer (Belgium/ Perú), Roberta Colombano (Italy/Netherlands), and Carolina Quiroz (Mexico) began developing a project to restore and conserve a fragile Mangrove ecosystem in a village in Perú in January.
 
 
The members of El Bendito are finding it difficult to maintain productive livelihoods due to an increasingly stressed mangrove ecosystem linked to climate change challenges.

Theirs is a protected area for the conservation of mangroves and the community lives through the extraction of hydro biological products—so it is in their interest to restore and conserve the mangrove forest.
 
3.  Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture for Malawi Food Security
Jo Thomas (UK/Malawi) and Marina France (US) began developing a food insecurity project in May in the Phalula Village in Malawi.
 
 
 

 

770 families face food insecurity as a result of land degradation and soil erosion (largely from deforestation) as well as climate change linked rainfall patterns.

 Our partners developed an agroforestry income generation program that looks first at identifying markets before choosing agricultural products to plant.

4.  Bangladesh: Participatory Riparian Forest Management Program
3,100 community members of Koliapara village are suffering from the loss of livelihoods, cattle and land for cultivation due to increased flooding.
 
Kanika Chakraborty (Bangladesh), Susan Wasubire (Uganda), Lauriane Cayet (Reunion) and Doris Kaberia (Kenya) began developing a project with a disaster risk reduction component in Bangladesh in July.

A participatory riparian forest management program is included in the project design to build the resilience of the community and enhance their capacity to deal with the challenges of recurring disasters.

In July partners Michael Chew (Australia/Bangladesh), Sabrin Sultana (Bangladesh), and Elijah Mujuri (Kenya) began developing a project with 1,245 people of the village of Putiajani, Bangladesh who are frequently affected by flooding and river erosion caused by the cutting  down of trees.
After thoroughly researching potential project activities our Bangladesh partners developed a project which includes a Participatory Community Afforestation Program.
 
6. September Resource 50 Solution-Oriented Program Templates for Challenges in Relief, Development & Adaptation
Here are a range of solutions in the form of programs and activities that past students have used successfully in addressing project challenges. Feel free to use them, modify them, or develop your own solutions instead. Many of the programs are highly specific to one student's project and will need to be adapted to fit yours. Many of the programs have multiple activities; these are to give you options for customizing your own programs: edit the activities down as you see fit for your project.

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135 Student Countries and 215 Project Challenges.

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