Regional SLMC Meeting - Agriculture Conference Room

July 16, 2021
Date: 17th. June, 2021
By: Project Manager
Momodou A. Jallow

Report Outline
1. Introduction     
2. 4H The Gambia
3. Emergence of the Action (Project)
4. Focus of the Action
5. Project Cost: GMD 6,461,550
6. Objectives
7. Project Location
8. Beneficiaries
9. Main Activities

Emergence of the Action (Project)

“GCCA+ Climate Resilient Coastal and Marine Zone Project for The Gambia” 2019 – 2022 is a successor to GCCA “Support to The Gambia for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and the mainstreaming of climate change” 2013-2016.

It is in responds to several years’ of discussion between the 8 communities around Dobo Forest Park (DFP), District Chief Office in Central Badibou and Regional Forestry Office in Kerewan, North Bank Region.  The EU GCCA+ announced a call for proposals and thus 4H The Gambia developed one under Thematic Area 3 as announced thus: Sustainable Livelihoods and Resources in Coastal Communities in call for proposals.

 

Focus of the Action

 

Afforestation that will ensure sustainable forest management practices and confronting the drivers of forest destruction in Dobo Forest Park (DFP) as well address others key environmental challenge facing these communities.

In that, 4H The Gambia Intends to protect and enhance reforestation in Dobo Forest Park and Enhance Community Participation in the Management 

This project will be implemented Dobo forest Park and 8 communities surrounding the park in the North Bank Region (NBR) of the GambiaProject Cost:   GMD 6,461,550

Objectives

To enhance reforestation in Dobo Forest Park and promote communities’ involving in the reforestation and management through implementing sustainable livelihood initiatives.

2)    To strengthen the capacities of community members, particularly the Dobo Forest Park Sustainable land Management Committee (SLMC) on environmental planning, governance and sustainable land management practices

3)    To enhance capacities of communities’ members, particularly women and youth on alternative livelihood practices through capacity building on sustainable management strategies to conserved forest resources for natural ecosystem services

4)    To improve technical and institutional linkages at regional and local levels to strengthen the management of forest resources in NBR.

Project Location: The project site is located between Njaba Kunda from the east and Dobo from the west along the Farafenni – Barra highway and named as the Dobo forest park.

Beneficiaries: Park surrounded by 8 communities with potential beneficiaries of >6000 people from 8 communities that surround the forest park

Expected Outcomes

1)    7000 forest area fenced and protected

2)    8 communities surrounding Dobo forest park empowered to manage the forest park

3)    A borehole dug and community nurseries established in the forest park

4)    At least 30,000 assorted (Mainly Indigenous tree species) trees propagated and planted in the forest park.  This will include trees propagated in communities as there exists pockets of individuals that have personal nurseries and some do want to become raisers but do not have the capacity and or abilities to start on their own.

Main Activities

1 Fence the forest park

2 Train communities in management of the forest

3 Train 8 youths in nursery management

4 Develop and make communities to sign community

5 Resource Management Agreement CRMA

6 Dig a borehole and 4 reservoirs for water supply in the park

What Did We Do So Far Since Start of The Project

·         Establish Map of the Dobo Forest Park Based on Coordinates as Determined by PM, 4H Finance Officer, 4H Field Staff and; Department of Forestry Field Officer for Central Badibu during a field visit to the site using GPS

Outcome of Field Visit

1.    Area of the DFP – 534ha.

2.    Periphery – 9.6km.

3.    4 Cattle Tracks leading into the DFP


   


   

    After the visit of the Project Manager, 4H Field Staff and Department of Forestry Field Staff into park and trekking round the periphery, coordinates were determined by the use of GPS that were sent to the department in Banjul for analysis and interpretation.  As a result this map was produced as an outcome of the field visit.






Figure 1The District Forestry Officer determining the Coordinates from the GPS reading standing there with 4H / GCCA+ Field Staff and the Project Manager in the Dobo Forest Park.  This was during the mapping exercise and outcome of which after interpretation by the Department of Forestry, is the production of the above map.

Meetings Held

One meeting held with DFP Management Committee at the Chief’s compound in Njaba Kunda