Arid zone forestry
Dakar international workshop
With the financial support of the Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA), FAO joined forces with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal and its technical Institutions (Directorate of Forests, Water, Hunting and of Soil Conservation of Senegal and the National Agency of the Great Green Wall of Senegal), the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, and the African Union Commission for organizing an international workshop “Guidelines for building resilient forest landscapes in drylands”, a second of its kind, in Dakar, Senegal from the 25-28 February 2013.
This event is a follow-up to the recommendations and actions identified during the first international workshop, organized in Konya, Turkey, on 28-31 May 2012.
Participants included over 80 international experts on drylands restoration from forestry departments, research institutions, the private sector, NGOs and international development agencies, representing 13 countries, mainly from Africa (the Great Green Wall countries) and Europe.
The workshop involved 2 full days on the field. Participants had the opportunity to review the drafted guidelines and provided their inputs and contributed with recommendations for their finalization. They have also learned from the past and ongoing forest restoration efforts in Senegal and Turkey as well as from the experience of Burkina Faso in the provision of high quality seeds for building resilient forest landscapes in drylands.
Participants appreciated the opportunity to establish and extend their professional networks through this event and to visit and analyze restoration activities implemented on the ground by the Great Green National Agency and the Directorate of Water, Forests, Hunting, and Soil conservation.
The field visit and working discussions of the three groups included the assessment of two of the restored sites of Widou Thiengoly; the natural regeneration initiative promoted in Koyli/ Alpha by the local communities of Mboula; a local farmer orchard (jardins polyvalents) managed by a local organization of 240 women in Widou; the soil and conservation operations in the watershed basin of Thiès; the National programme of forest seeds (PRONASEF), a local community tree nursery in Widou and the regional tree Nursery of Dakar. The analysis was undertaken according to the drafted guidelines. During the last day, a tour de table enabled countries’ representatives to report on key issues and challenges they face in their countries for building resilient forest landscapes. At the end joint actions for addressing the issues and challenges were identified and a road map was defined for follow-up.
Participants reported on successful actions recorded during their field visits and recommended actions for improving certain aspects. Participants provided useful recommendations for the finalization of the guidelines. They have also defined follow-up actions and a road map for the finalization of the guidelines and their effective implementation in the Great Green Wall countries. A steering committee was set up to follow-up the implementation of the recommendations and identified actions. The committee is chaired by Senegal and co-chaired by Burkina Faso and involve one representative per country, a representative of FAO and a representative of TIKA. A bilateral collaboration agreement was signed between Senegal and Turkey in support to forest restoration and combating desertification.
The following concrete follow-up actions were identified: