- Consolidate data from existing baseline assessments of all areas impacted by refugee or internally displaced persons camps in the last 10-15 years. This would include damage assessments, biological diversity assessment, as well as social and economic needs of people living in these zones
- Provide technical back-stopping for the development of site-specific Forest Landscape Restoration initiatives in 2-3 priority sites, in collaboration with affected local communities, national and international (where present and active) NGOs, appropriate ministries, UN agencies and others
- Provide training and support to the different levels of stakeholders and actors engaged
- Review national legislation regarding governance, access and benefit sharing of forests/plantations and their products with a view to strengthening this component in later years
- Help build the capacity of selected communities and local NGOs to develop and sustain management practices that will contribute to poverty reduction as well as local biodiversity conservation through collaboration with partners including Helpage and the Network of Indigenous and Local Populations in the 3 target countries
- Provide technical and logistical support to the Conférence sur les Ecosystemes de Forets Dense et Humides de l’Afrique Centrale (CEFDHAC) to promote dialogue, exchange of ideas and lessons learned between all relevant stakeholder, including local communities, NGOs and CBOs, regional parliamentarians, technical ministries and the COMIFAC, on issues related to sustainable forest management identified through ongoing and strengthened CEFDHAC networks.
- Help to capitalize the lessons learned from international and national organization experiences in ecosystems restoration (FAO, UNHCR, UNDP, etc.) by taking into account the main recommendations and some local assessment done in the framework of the former Projects
- Implement the decentralization experiences in natural resources management in 3 pilot sites by testing concrete experiences at political and grassroots level. This activity will include the decentralization of the management and restoration of communal forests and the utilization of the forest incomes at local and national level
- Promote innovative and participatory micro projects aimed at poverty reduction and natural resources conservation implemented by marginalized groups (Youths, Women and indigenous peoples: Batwa and Bambuti).
The Great Lakes
Our work in the Great Lakes - Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda
Livelihoods and Landscapes will: