This is the extension of PD 419/06 Rev.3 (F) aiming to use the outcomes of this project for the rehabiliation/restoration of two gazetted forests in Côte d'Ivoire.
The western part of Côte d'Ivoire was the scene of violent clashes during the successive crises of 2002-2011. This area took a heavy toll during the warfare, which has generated many internally and externally displaced populations (to Liberia and Ghana) and led to the establishment of refugee camps in the towns of Duékoué and Guiglo. To flee warfare areas, some communities settled in the reserve forests destroying the existing natural resource bases and assets.
The Duékoué and SCIO forests (52,675 ha and 88,000 ha respectively) were not spared – they were literally plundered , with local communities, displaced persons and refugees engaging in uncontrolled logging and wood harvesting. Therefore it has become urgent to take steps for the recovery of all lost forest assets through the involvement of local communities (displaced and /or refugees).
To achieve this goal, the project will include the rehabilitation of 2,000 ha of forest land through the establishment of taungya agroforestry plantations, with the involvement of local populations (displaced persons and refugees), the production and dissemination of high quality seeds and seedlings to local communities, the subcontracting of forest rehabilitation work with local communities and distribution of processing equipment for the marketing of food products to improve the living conditions of these communities.