A strategy for sustainable management of forest resources by communities in the Central River Division of The Gambia.
Background and Justification:
Pressure on the natural resource base due to increasing human population
is leading to phenomenal degradation and damage to the environment in The Gambia and other countries in the sub-region. Conventional forestry practices have not achieved the desired solutions and it often leads to
conflicts between alternative users especially herders and farmers. In order to combat the problem of annual bush fires and forest degradation in the
Central River Division, the Department of Forestry has, through the funding of GTZ and KFW, encouraged community-based participatory management of state forests, with eventual transfer of ownership from the state to
villages. Encouraged by the results, the Central River Division Forestry Project (CRDFPII) now focuses on joint management of Forest Parks (Gazetted State Forests) with local communities and other
stakeholders. Within the framework of the recently launched project, the International Trypanotolerance Centre (ITC) and the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) of The Gambia and the donor organisations
(GTZ and KFW) through the Forestry Department (Department of State for Agriculture) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaborative studies with the aim of developing research and
development strategies which integrate livestock production with forestry for sustainable natural resource conservation and exploitation, improved productivity and poverty alleviation of rural communities.
Appropriate research tools are used to assess the needs of livestock
keeping communities. These are harmonized with the objectives of the project and other stakeholders. The outcome is better formulated research and development options, which encourage joint participation in the
sustainable management of forests. The models to be tested in these studies would lead to the development of viable joint forest park management agreements with the communities, and appropriate policy
recommendations to decision makers in the sub-region and beyond as well as contribute to scientific knowledge.
For further information contact email firstname.lastname@example.org or Adediran S.A.