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“To reduce poverty we have to find sustainable ways of using our natural resources”

Project: Conservation of the Western Area Peninsula Forest Reserve (WAPFoR) and its Watersheds 
Duration: 2009 to 2011
Supported by: European Union and WHH 
Implemented by: Welthungerhilfe (WHH), Environmental Forum for Action (ENFORAC), in collaboration with the Forestry Division within Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) within the MLCPE

The overall objective of the project is to introduce participatory processes in decision making on the sustainable use of natural resources that contribute to the reduction of rural poverty in the Western Area Peninsula (WAP) and to conserve and sustainably manage the Sierra Leonean Western Area Peninsula Forest Reserve (WAPFoR) and its watershed.

Green Scenery as part of the membership of Environmental Forum for Action (ENFORAC) is an active implementing partner (IP) of the project, playing lead role in dealing with livelihoods. In this regards Green Scenery works with communities and other key stakeholders living in adjacent to the forest, some of which are coastal communities. The communities living by the forest depends mainly on the available natural resource in the WAPFoR, whiles those by the coast depend on fishing and little forms of tourism for their livelihood.

How Green Scenery does it:
To ensure that the livelihood aspect of the project is effectively and efficiently implemented and actualized, Green Scenery applies multiple approaches, these include:

Undertake Participatory Rural Livelihood Assessment (PRLA) study

Identify strategic income generating (IG) and livelihood options (LO) for communitiefrom the study

Design a comprehensive action for a sustainable IG and LO that reduces or avoids negative activity on the WAPFoR

Apply these into requisite communities

    Achievements up to date:
    PRLA study for thirteen communities

    Livelihood options and income generating activities for communities designed and implemented: Bakeries, commercial motorbike riders, vegetable production, small goat wearing

    40,000 tree seedling produced by YAHAD under strict Green Scenery supervision.

    Capacity building in natural resource management and silvicultural practices in eight communities

    Awareness raising in forest-water nexus in nine communities

    Background: The Sierra Leonean Western Area Peninsula Forest Reserve (WAPFR) and its Watershed are internationally recognized as an area of rich biodiversity and a hotspot for a range of unique endemic species. Besides this biological importance, the forests are crucial as a water catchment area. They also contribute significantly to the livelihoods of a large population who are reliant on forest resources, as well as affecting the economic development of the capital Freetown as a whole, particularly as the source of vast volumes of water utilized by the Freetown populace. It is therefore crucial to find management regimes for the area which support the common good whilst acknowledging the socio-economic and cultural realities of communities within the area.

    A major asset for the development of the tourism industry in Sierra Leone is the country's natural beauty, particularly the unique setting of the Western Area Peninsula. Further to this, the biodiversity of the forest reserves and protected areas bear potential for development, which remains largely untapped.


     

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