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Integrated Forest Restoration Programme In Cao Bang Province 1999 2004  

Integrated Forest Restoration Programme In Cao Bang Province 1999-2004

The Forestry Component of the Cao Bang Bac Kan Rural Developmenet Project aimed to enable the residents of poor communes in Cao Bang (and Bac Kan) province to sustainably manage their forest resources so as to assure water supply and conservation of soil as well as to improve their incomes and general livelihood. To do this, we developed practical approaches aimed at the Community or village level, mainly in poor Communes and with a focus on poverty-alleviation. This is called Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM), and includes management of communal land as well as small plots of private forestland that have been allocated to individual households. Delivery of these approaches to the ultimate beneficiaries involved extensive cooperation with and support to government agencies and institutions, developed through a cooperative strategic analysis. . Owing to the complex motivational structure for forest activities, the Project cooperated with Provincial authorities to create an enabling environment of appropriate policy, statutory, regulatory, economic, and social context that encourages tree-growing and helps to make it profitable for farmers. Simultaneously, a programme was arranged for upgrading the skills and confidence of extension staff at all levels: Provincial, District, Commune and Village. Staff of the Forest Protection Department (FPD) received refresher training in Social Forestry and participatory methods and tools to equip them for a new role as community activation leaders. . A key element of the strategy was support to an improved and accelerated participatory procedure for micro-level land use planning and allocation of forest land to households (LUPLA), providing them with the security of tenure needed for confidence to invest labour and resources into forest restoration. This was supported by significant investment in household-level tree plantations, the cash being delivered to farmers by a new procedure through the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development after technical checks by the FPD. . Important lessons learned by the Project through this experience were: 1. Improving the ?enabling environment? (political attitudes, statutory framework, sector policies, administrative arrangements) is extremely important and should be the first priority. 2. Building of implementation capacity is effective and efficient using ?Learning by doing? methods and replicating through a ?Training of Trainers? approach. 3. Partner agencies should have maximum self-responsibility for programmes. Identify energetic individuals and respond to opportunities. 4. Management and programme planning must retain sufficient flexibility to enable ?mid-stream corrections? and ability to respond to changing situations.

Published by: Cao Bang - Bac Kan Rural Development Project -
Uploaded on: Dec 2004
File size: 1.1 MB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Forestry , Sector Policies/Programmes
Category: Environment