Protection (Setting up of Community Forest Guard (Volunteers))

August 3, 2017

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Protection (Setting up of Community Forest Guard (Volunteers))

About the Implementing organization

Name: Amadin Orphanage Home

Country: Nigeria

Year of establishment: 2001

Type of organization: NGO

Description

As part of efforts to discourage the illegal cutting down of trees in one of the project executed by this Initiative in Afuze and Ojavun Communities of Owan East LGA, Edo State, Nigeria supported by Small Grants Programme (SGP) Nigeria, A community Forest Guard Team was set up to forestall the activities of people cutting down trees illegally without approval from the relevant and authorized sector.

This action has greatly reduced the number of trees cut down from 85% to 12.3% by community members. this action was followed up through provision of alternative source of livelihood for the community members in order to divert their attention from tree cutting which was a major source of livelihood for them.

Community members both women, men and youths were trained on various skill acquisition programmes ranging from Tailoring, Hairdressing, Bead making, Soap and Detergent making to Hat making with each beneficiaries provided with relevant machines in their areas of expertise to start up a small scale business in the community courtesy of GEF-SGP Nigeria.

Nature Element

Forests

Type of Action

Protection / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

    

Environmental Impacts

Using one of our pilot project as as a case study, Afuze and Ojavun Communities are endowed with considerable amount of forest, forest products and bush animals. The livelihood of the people became imperiled as the forest shrinks and Farm land becoming unproductive with low yield. Increasing population pressure on forest resources and land degradation as a result of climate change and over exploitation resulted to an increase level of poverty. it became obvious that alternative income generation activities and sustainable exploitation of resources was imperative in the face of vulnerability associated with limited and degraded resources and poor income. This situation was ameliorated by the recovering of degraded land through reforestation with economic trees and empowerment of community members on livelihood enhancement program which will did only reduce the level of poverty and hunger but also divert the attention of the target community on deforestation.

Sustainable Development Impacts

40% increase on climate change awareness, effects and mitigation strategies ts; 50% reduction in deforestation activities by community members; 40% increase in income generation and 60% reduction in poverty level; Training participants on compost manure production to boost output of agricultural produce as well as reducing/discouraging the use of chemical fertilizer; Sustainable livelihood training for community members

Scalability

This project could be expanded to a National through funding to cover for the major geopolitical zones across the country.

Replicability

This project is scheduled to be replicated each 3 years to neighboring communities

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