Forests and forestry in Small Island Developing States
Forest and food security in Sahelian Africa (phase II) (Cape Verde) [GCP/RAF/303/ITA]
OCT 1994 - present
The project intends to help the forestry sector's contribution to food security in three Sahelian countries. This is to be achieved using participatory approaches with the following three objectives:
- development in the three relevant countries of a methodology for the participatory approach to land-use management at the village level ("gestion des terroirs villageois"), including recovering degraded lands, to stimulate rural people's participation in the conservation and management of natural resources as they proceed with their agricultural and pastoralist production practices;
- development of the forestry sector's contribution to the food security of the rural population; and
- development of a network for the exchange of information and experience between this project and other forestry projects.
Feasibility study for the establishment of an automatic fire monitoring system on the Akamas Peninsula (Cyprus) [TCP/CYP/0165 (A)]
OCT 2001 - present
The overall objective of the project is to determine whether an automatic fire detection system is suitable for the Akamas Peninsula and if it will be sufficient to replace the existing fire surveillance systems which do not adequately protect this important conservation zone.
The immediate objective is to improve, upgrade and strengthen the fire protection system, with emphasis on prevention, detection, reporting and prompt intervention. This will result in the reduction of reaction time to a fire, of non-visible areas and of fire protection costs (abolition of the existing fire lookout station, reduction of ground patrols, etc.). It should solve the problem of patrolling and manning the fire lookout stations, which are negatively affected by lack of experienced personnel.
Forestry research support programme for Asia and the Pacific (FORSPA) (Netherlands contribution) (including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) [GCP/RAS/163/NET]
1996 - present
FORSPA has the following broad objectives:
- Strengthen national research capacity in the developing countries of the Asia-Pacific Region;
- promote technology transfer (from lab to land) through effective dissemination of research results to users;
- enhance collective self-reliance of forestry research institutions through networking;
- increase the access to updated and comprehensive information services; and
- provide a window of opportunity to forge links with global forestry research.
Strenthening participatory approaches in forest management in Uganda, Ghana and Guyana [GCP/INT/808/UK]
July 2001 - present
The main objectives of this project are to:
- design country-specific programmes during the inception phase, working closely with on-going initiatives for a broad-based integration of best practices in participatory natural resource management;
- enhance sustainable rural livelihoods by supporting the integration of broad-based participatory approaches into the work of government forestry departments, other agencies and groups managing natural resources. Promoting participation increases human capital by building on indigenous knowledge and developing the skills to influence decisions, through debate and negotiation, about forest or natural resource management;
- promote sharing of rights and responsibilities for natural resource management between different actors and agencies, including government, non-government and the private sector. This builds social capital by creating trust and reciprocity in relationships that support cooperative action and increase people's ability to access institutions and organizations;
- enhance the capacity of national (indigenous) NGOs to work with national government agencies, the local government and CBOs, thus investing in the development of social capital. Decisions on the control and use of resources and the distribution of benefits tend to be made on the basis of relationships and networks. By increasing access of poor people to groups and networks, the Programme will improve their ability to access other assets, negotiate better transaction costs and influence the decision-making process; and
- improve natural resource management through the integration of best practices in participation. This will increase natural stocks and expand the natural capital from which resources flow and from which services useful for livelihoods are derived.
Strengthening national capacity to control Pterocarpus indicus wilt disease and forest protection (Seychelles) [TCP/SEY/0168]
DEC 2001 - MAY 2003
The objective of the project is to increase the understanding of the disease affecting Pterocarpus indicus and improve national capacity in tree health and forest management.Specifically, the project will:
- identify the causative agent of the wilt;
- strengthen national capacity to diagnose tree illness and manage forests;
- develop a long-term strategy for minimizing the risk of pest introductions and the impact of future pest outbreaks; and
- recommend management options to limit or prevent further spread of the disease within the main island of Mahé and to neighbouring islands.
Formulation of a strategy to combat forest fires (Cuba) [TCP/CUB/0066]
01 JUL 2000 - present