PA categories V and VI as landscape mechanisms for enhancing biodiversity in agricultural land, ecological connectivity and REDD+ implementation
As of: March 2019
Objective and activities
The goal of this project is to demonstrate conservation and development benefits in four targeted landscapes in Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through better use of the Protected Area categories “Protected Landscape/ Seascape” and “Protected area with sustainable use of natural resources”.
State of implementation/results
Project in implementation phase. In all project landscapes, background studies on policy, governance, and stakeholder perceptions are currently being conducted.
- In Uganda, the project is contributing to the revision of the Central Reserve Management Plans in the Agoro-Agu sector. Normally these plans are conducted within the National Forestry Authority, but for the first time, they have used a landscape approach to involve more actors in a participatory approach. This work will be validated in July 2018, and will be part of a Land Use Dialogue, organised by project partner The Forests Dialogue.
- In the DRC, in partnership with the project partner, the government’s protected area agency, ICCN, it has been decided to work on a participatory management plan, with a focus on restoration. This will help the country achieve part of its Bonn Challenge commitment to restoration. The protected area is likely to also become part of a Green List process, which will allow it to identify and improve specific areas of management and governance.
- In Ghana, Tree Tenure is becoming more formalised at the national level. The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has developed a new tree registration form which provides an avenue for registration of both planted trees as well as naturally occurring trees on farms. Once adopted officially, this will change the incentive for farmers to restore areas of their farms. This policy is a focus of the Wassa Amenfi landscape in southern Ghana.
- In Ghana, a study at the northern landscape on the Community Resource Management Areas (CREMA) was conducted, providing insight into why communities collaborate on developing CREMAs.
- In Tanzania, the BMU work is integrated as part of a larger program funded by DGIS, in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, which aims to make green growth more inclusive and sustainable.