Participatory forest management in Taraba State, Nigeria
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation, with support from the RSPB is working in the spectacular mountain ranges of Taraba in Eastern Nigeria.
- Developing Participatory Forest Management Plans for five forests
- Review and updating laws and regulations that govern forest in Taraba so that the role of communities is recognised
- Establish a network of forest managing communities in the State that will meet regularly and lobby government for an increased role in forest management
- Support alternative income generation activities for communities in return for reducing their dependence on forest products
- The project began in 2005 as a follow-up to previous and pioneering participatory management project
- The project works in five forest sites and has established a presence in communities neighbouring those forests
- Participatory Forest Management committees have been organised in each of these communities
- The project has been supporting alternative income generation activities in many of the communities through beekeeping training and support, poultry farming, basket and soap making and others
- Draft management plans have been developed for all forests, in consultation with each community
- Incomes are increasing in households which have been supported by the project and there are requests from other communities to expand the project to their forests
Species affected (not UK birds)
- Nigerian Conservation Foundation: NCF is Nigeria's premier non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of nature conservation. Formed in 1980 and registered in 1982 as a Charitable Trust, its ultimate goal is to stop and eventually reverse the accelerating degradation of Nigeria's natural environment and to help build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
- Taraba State Government: The government is represented by the Forest Department. The Department is responsible for the manage of all of the natural and plantation forests in the state.
The rural development officer for Participatory Forest Management in Taraba State, Nigeria, discusses the project.