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First CFA workshop in Nigeria
19-05-2013 11:56

CFA WorkshopIn West Africa, land areas acquired by Government for forest conservation are designated as forest reserves. They are managed by appropriate Government agencies (usually the Forestry Department) on behalf of the public. In most cases, Government rights to manage these forest reserves have meant expropriation of forest-dwelling communities who are the traditional land owners and whose livelihoods depend on the forests.

Many important decisions on the forests are taken by Government officials without reference to the communities. The communities are even discriminated against with respect to resource access. Even though the need for collaborative forest management and community-based natural resource management has been recognised in many West African countries, the Government has continued to exclusively manage the forest estates. Since several stakeholders are involved in the forestry sector, it is necessary to advocate for their involvement in forest management. This is one of the major roles of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

CFA WorkshopWith support from the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) and the Commonwealth Foundation, the Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) in collaboration with the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria organised a three-day workshop.

The workshop brought together representatives from the various forestry associations in West Africa including academic scholars from different universities, Students and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs).



Research on Carbon Dynamics
17-05-2013 18:51

With the financial support of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), and in collaboration with Prof. Rob Harrison laboratory at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences of the University of Washington, Seattle WA. CarbonSink is currently carrying out a research on changes in carbon sequestration in the Pacific Northwest. The study focus on assessing the "Impacts of Nitrogen Fertilization on Carbon Storage in Above-Ground Biomass of a Managed Douglas-fir Forest Stand in the Pacific Northwest and the application in the sub-Saharan Africa".