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Forest Management and Policy

Examples of projects in the Forestry and allied sectors include:

Participatory Forest Management, Kenya
Rapid Appraisal of Forest Resources from Remotely Sensed Data in Cross River State, Nigeria
Thailand – Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia (RECOFTC)
India – Developing an Integrated Community Forest Management Programme in Gujarat , Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh

In addition, projects listed under the following sectors also have relevant themes:
Wildlife Conservation and Protected Areas  
Monitoring, Evaluation, Project Review and Planning  
Impact Assessment and Environmental Monitoring  
Ecological Footprints  
Environmental Conservation and Protection  


Participatory Forest Management, Kenya October 2001 to March 2002

Client: Commonwealth Secretariat on behalf of the Government of Kenya - Chief technical Adviser Hugh Gibbon (NRgroup)

The Government of Kenya requested the services of an external consultant to assist the Forest Department design appropriate arrangements for participatory and collaborative forest management approaches within the country.

Discussions with Wood Carvers

The government has been finding it difficult to manage and conserve the remaining natural forest areas within the country (both montane and dryland forest types). In this regard, new emphasis is being placed on developing a collaborative style of management which will aim to engage private, non government and community registered groups and individuals to assist in the conservation and management of these resources.

Collecting Non-Timber Products

To date the first phase of work has been focused on identifying key gaps and constraints in existing forest management systems while taking note of the many small scale initiatives which are already on-going and which in recent years have aimed to involved forest adjacent communities more directly in forest management and sustainable resource use. Pilot approaches being undertaken in the Arabuko Sokoke, Kakamega, Mt Kenya and Loita Hills forests have been visited and assessed by the consultant in order to derive lessons for wider application in other forest areas around the country.


Rapid Appraisal of Forest Resources
from Remotely Sensed Data in Cross River State, Nigeria

Client: ERM-Environmental Resources Management

Donor: DFID - Department for International Development

In 1994, a detailed survey of forest areas in Cross River State (CRS) was completed with support from the then UK-Overseas Development Administration (ODA). The 1994 survey produced a state-wide map of forest types and provided information on both the likely volume of timber available for harvest within CRS, and sustainable rates of harvest. In 2002 DFID requested a rapid exercise to update the inventory. This update was carried out by an NRgroup team led by Stephane Flasse.

The assessment relied on the analysis of satellite imagery and had as its focus an update of the forest extent and distribution, and an update of the overall timber volume.

To satisfy the rapid nature of this update assessment, the work relied on the use of Landsat ETM imagery of 2001, providing a spatial resolution of 30 meters. Images were analysed both visually and with image processing techniques to extract the current distribution and status of the forest in CRS.

Ground control work was carried out during three days of spot- checking to ensure an appropriate and homogeneous interpretation of the imagery. The plots' information from the 1994 inventory was also used in conjunction with the satellite imagery.


This project provided a vegetation map update, an assessment of forest change (location and extent), as well as of timber volume.



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