Promoting Alternative Livelihood for Forest-edged Communities

Protection of Western Area Peninsular Forest Reserve

In the conservation of the Western Area Peninsular Forest Reserve (WAPFoR) and its Watersheds, Green Scenery played a lead role in this project by promoting the use of alternative livelihood options for the forest edged communities.


Introduction:

As a member of the Environmental Forum for Action, Green Scenery worked with key stakeholders and with forest-edged communities, whose livelihoods are dependent mainly on the available natural resources in the WAPFoR. Other beneficiaries of the project were the neighbouring coastal communities, whose livelihoods relied on fishing, sand mining and little forms of tourism.

The Forest and its Watersheds is internationally recognized as an area of rich biodiversity and a hotspot for a range of unique endemic species such as the duiker and the chimp. Besides the biological importance, the forests are crucial as a water catchment area. Therefore, it is necessary to initiate participatory processes in decision making on the sustainable use and management of these resources. Hence, this project was set up to promote sustainable forestry and fisheries in the Sierra Leone Western Area.

 The development of the tourism industry has become a major priority in Sierra Leone. The country's natural beauty, particularly the unique setting of the Western Area Peninsula Forest (now, a National Park, and on the tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites), shows that biodiversity of the forest reserves and protected areas bear potential for national development through ecotourism.

In addition, WAPFoR also contributes significantly to the livelihoods of a large group of the country's citizen who are solely reliant on forest resources, as well as, affecting the ecologic and socio-economic development of the capital city, particularly in providing the major sources of drinking water for communities.


Activities and Achievements:

In ensuring the actualization of the livelihood aspect of the project, Green Scenery implemented and achieved the following:

  • A successful Participatory Rural Livelihood Assessment study;
  • Establishment of vegetable production sites and livestock production (basically small ruminants) facilities
  • Construction of bakeries in communities
  • Provision of commercial motorbikes to communities as alternative livelihood options to reduce negative impacts on the WAPFoR and to generate sustainable income for families
  • Supervision of the production of 40,000 tree seedlings implemented by Youth Against Hunger and Deforestation in the WAPFoR.
  • Capacity building in Natural Resources Management and silvicultural practices in the forest-edged communities;
  • Rapid awareness raising on Forest-Water Links in the forest-edged communities.

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    Duration:
    2009 - 2013
    Donor: European Union (EU) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH)
    Implementing partners: Green Scenery, WHH, Environmental Forum for Action, in collaboration with the Forestry Division (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security) and the Environment Protection Agency (Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the 
    Environment)
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