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Programmatic environmental assessment of co-management of reserved forests in Guinea

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Contributors: Thomas M. Catterson, Boubacar Thiam, Dantily Diakite, Rebecca Ham, International Resources Group, Ltd., Conservation International

Guinea’s National Directorate of Waters and Forests is responsible for managing over 100 forest reserves and inadequate resources to control access and use. Co-management with local users has been undertaken to promote sustainable use and conservation of some of these forests. This environmental assessment considers the impacts of ongoing and anticipated forest co-management activities in the Nialama Forest. The goals of the proposed management activities were to arrest deforestation, protect forests and watersheds, conserve soil, control access, and enhance supply of income-generating products. Issues that affected forest-user decision-making include land and tree tenure, equity concerns, representation, lack of understanding roles, cost/benefit ratios, conflicts of interest, unwillingness to internalize costs, unsound technical prescriptions and lack of consequences for failing to abide with community consensus. Engaging rural people in management decision-making, controlling forest access, fires, grazing and hunting will improve sustainability. Technical improvements such as accurate maps, silvicultural information, establishment of clear forest boundaries and resource assessments are also crucial to improve forest management. The authors emphasize that co-management not be hurried; phased steps should address unsustainable practices, goals, mapping, timing, how to meet goals technically and financially, and institutional and organizational roles for each site. Models should be adjusted to fit local environmental and social conditions. Base research, monitoring and assignment of experts to specific staff positions will improve co-management success.

Author(s): Thomas M. Catterson , Boubacar Thiam , Dantily Diakite , Rebecca Ham , International Resources Group, Ltd. , Conservation International

Publication Date: 2001

Location: Guinea

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