| |Activity updates - July/August 2013
- Meeting for the inter-sectoral Dialogue on Forest & landscape Management of the National Forest & Landscape Forum (NFLF).
- Consultation with farmers and forest based producers in Grand Cape Mount, and Margibi Counties.
FFF will consolidate the achievements obtained with NFPF, Forest Connect, GFP and project Forest Instrument support over the last years. The main achievements of the NFP Facility and GFP support (respectively initiated in 2009 and 2010) are:
- The establishment of the National Forest Programme (NFP) platform comprising of a National Forest Forum (NFF), a National Multi-stakeholders Steering Committee (NMSC), and 15 County Forest Forums (CFF).
- The establishment of a national union of the Community Forest Development Committees (CFDC).
The project Forest Instrument has supported the development of training modules and delivery of training of trainers on the three issues prioritized by the stakeholders i.e. bookkeeping and financial management for forest stakeholders, sustainable forest management, and productive agro-forestry activities.
A launching workshop was held on 7 March 2013 to present and discuss the relevance of the FFF with Government institutions, partners and farmer organizations in Liberia and to identify initial activities to get the FFF started.
Report of the Lauching Mission
The Baseline study comissioned by IUCN is finalised.
|Pilar 1: Organizing producer for policy dialogue and business development || |
Pilar 2: Government cross-sector coordination
Support to strengthening producer organizations was initiated to identify producers and analyze their potential for organizing in each County, together with Liberian Farmers Union Network (FUN). The aim is to establish at district, County and National level integrated structures of Forest and Farm producer organizations, including the CFF and CFDC. It will start with an identification and mapping exercise on the existing producer groups to better understand how the FFF could support the organizing of producer groups for business/enterprise purpose.
For the FFF implementation, given the current situation in Liberia of numerous government institutions responsible for, or impacting on, the forest sector, FAO Liberia will continue the dialogue with relevant government institutions. The dialogue will aim at strengthening existing cross-sector coordination through the National Forest and Landscape Forum (NFLF), which increases awareness of the contribution of the forest sector, and the services it provides, to the implementation of the main government policies and for sustainable forest and landscape management.
In order to strengthen cross-sectoral integration of the forest sector, it is proposed that continued support be provided to the established National Forest Forum (NFF), to improve the participation of the stakeholders in the Forum. Suggestions such as changing the name to better present the cross sector objective and mandate were discussed. The venue of the Forum will also circulate between the key ministries involved in order to broaden the ownership outside the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).