Community Forestry

Tree Nursery Plot at Bateriko, Boki Cross River State

for re-afforestation

 

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: 

·         Non-timber forest product (NTFP) domestication;

·         Tree nursery established and reforestation;

·         Fire tracing;

·         Community land use planning;

·         Wood lot establishment;

·         Conflict 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.