Activity updates - September/October 2013
FFF builds on the experience gained by the NFP Facility in further supporting the implementation of the Community Forestry policy and the establishment of the All Gambian Forestry Platform (AGFP). A positive development towards an integrated approach in managing landscape resources is the Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) Policy 2009 - 2015, adopted and launched in 2012. This policy was elaborated through nationwide consultative processes at local, regional and national level; a working group including agriculture and environment constituencies was created to make sure the policy encompassed all relevant aspects and to iron out the land use conflicts between forest and agriculture amongst others. The ANR policy is still new and has not yet been fully implemented and stakeholders need to be informed about it.
The need for more cross/sectoral integration of the forest sector and strengthening of local producers organisations were the main issues discussed during the lauching workshop (11-13 March 2013) for FFF support.
A baseline study was conducted to provide a snapshot of what is the current status (incl. needs and priorities) of forest and farm producer organisations and Government structures with respect to FFF mission and main outputs. The study commissioned by IIED is finalised. The National Validation Workshop on the results took place on the 27th August 2013.
Pillar 1: organizing producer for policy dialogue and business development
The National Coordinating Organization for Farmers Associations of The Gambia (NACOFAG) and the National Farmers Platform of The Gambia (NFPG) are representing the Gambian Farmers and Local Forest User Groups for the FFF. The president of NFPG, Mr. Alagie Basse Mboge is selected as the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Platform President while the coordinator of NACOFAG Mr. Alieu Sowe dubs as the secretary to the ANR Platform. Support will be provided for the identified capacity building needs of the farmer organizations, for institutional strengthening and inclusive policy dialogue.
Pillar 2: Government cross-sector coordination
The FFF implementation will focus to strengthen the ANR Working Group as to be representative for all relevant stakeholders, build its capacities, support the dissemination of the ANR policy at national, sub-national and local levels and facilitate the review of the administrative process regarding effective forest ownership transfer to communities.Gambia has started developing an integrated approach in managing landscape resources with the Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) Policy 2009-2015, elaborated through nation wide consultative processes at local, regional and national level. A working group (coordinated by the National Environmental Agency) including agriculture and environment constituencies was created to make sure the policy encompassed all relevant aspects related to iron out the land use -conflicts between forest and agriculture and others. It is proposed that this working group be strengthened by the FFF. Participants agreed on the urgent need to review the administration process regarding forest ownership transfer to Communities.
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