Tree Nursery Plot at Bateriko, Boki Cross River State
ARADIN sees community forestry in Cross River state as a key opportunity to strengthen
participatory forest management in line with policies of the Federal and state
governments. These policies support current international forestry paradigms.
In the past ARADIN limited its forestry programme to
facilitating a montane forest management committee on the Obudu Plateau as well
as management of small scale tree plantation/reforestation schemes elsewhere.
Since the late 1990s, DIN has expanded its community forestry activities to
include advocacy on forest law implementation. Programmes include:
forest product (NTFP) domestication;
nursery established and reforestation;
land use planning;
resolution between farmer-Fulani groups.
In the early 2000s DIN’s community women partners in Boki, Cross River state,
initiated several market gardens, grafting species, domesticating afang. The gardens were managed jointly
by various women’s groups after they had participated in literacy classes. The
gardens boosted incomes and indigenous species conservation and reduced local
forest clearance for Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs). Women are still
planting forest specie seedlings today.