The Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West African Regional Development (STEWARD) project is actively working in PZ1, training community members of Fintonia village, located in Sierra Leone. The local community has participated in workshops on a Geographical Positioning System (GPS) and the principles of community land-rights mapping. The capacity building workshop enabled members of the community to work hand in hand with Thomson Reuters to be able to use a GPS to map their owned land in relation to the forest areas of PZ1.
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Natural Habitats Sierra Leone (NHSL) acquired an oil palm concession of over 40,000 hectares from a previous owner, planning to produce organic palm oil from plantations to be developed within it. The concession covered the entire Makpele Chiefdom, located in Pujehun District in Eastern Sierra Leone, and originally included the buffer zone of the Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP).
The CPC model aimed to retain land under customary ownership throughout, without reducing community land access for food production and provide secure tenure rights for the cocoa farmers recruited, while ensuring improved cocoa production, sustainable land management and a sus
Summary: This project under the overall umbrella of the VGGT will serve to develop the capacity of stakeholders to implement improvements to tenure arrangements and thereby promote food security and sustainable development. The project is implemented in 19 countries, namely Malawi, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Mali, Uganda, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire; Myanmar, Nepal, Mongolia, Philippines, Indonesia; Kyrgyzstan; Guatemala, Colombia.
This project is intended to form part of the overall support programme specifically envisaged to provide targeted support for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (Voluntary Guidelines) at country level over a period of 30 months.
The TCP is facilitating the implementation of the CBF Concept at a pilot scale, drawing lessons and using it to leverage funding for future scale-up. Implementation of the CBF Concept in Sierra Leone will lead to improved security of tenure, clear incentive mechanisms, improved food security and strong community institutions which will go a long way in securing and increasing the forest resources and hence enhancing the environmental services they provide.
Over a period of 24 months, the project aims to capitalize on the successes of Phase 1 and take the VGGT implementation process one step further deepening its reach, direct impact on citizens and sustainability through strategic interventions.
Land rights policies and responsible agricultural investments are implemented through effective and meaningful dialogue structures between the civil society and other actors in coherence with the right to food.
A Community based forestry assessment framework/tool was developed and tested to evaluate the extent, enabling environment including tenure, and effectiveness in order to identify areas for improvement. The framework provides for assessment of a range of tenure regimes providing for participatory forestry in country.
The project aims to reduce post-conflict poverty and food insecurity and to improve the livelihoods and living conditions of 20,000 rural households, particularly those headed by women, in the districts of Kono and Kailahun. This will be achieved through the support to short-term recovery of rural communities and farming activities development, while laying the basis for long-term rehabilitation and participatory development.