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However certain weaknesses were perceived with the CMCI approach that SUFACHAC need to guard against for effective implementation of the landscape approach. Some of them are;

  • Inactive consultative committees;
  • high expectation from communities;
  • direct cash payments appears disruptive of community cohesion and mildly coercive in soliciting pro quo actions;
  • weak long term sustainability of incentive scheme;
  • decision making appears heavily in favour of the park services;
  • involvement of women is more evident in conservation measures and less directly in decision making;
  • perceived insensitivities to different statuses of protected areas;
  • Conservation Development Agreements negotiations appear too lengthy for community initiatives,
  • communities perceive their creativity and voices to be stifled in decision-making;
  • high risk of inaccurate messaging about the value of biodiversity arising from modes of payments;
  • There is a sense that much of the community are left out of the incentive process.

A review of previous studies has also been done to provide floral, faunal and socio- economic information that will support the follow up of the creation of the BBML TOU. This was done for each of the 03 protected areas and for the 03 proposed protected areas including the 04 community forests and the 01 FMU existing within the project area. Results from this review reveals that there about 2440 plants found within the landscape, 100 amphibian species and 08 IUCN most important mammals, 64 species of birds.

As part of the process in supporting the capacity building training for local community structures in the protection and conservation of BBML Protected Areas and the classification process of new protected areas, village forest management committees were created in 08 villages within the proposed mount Muanenguba Integral ecological Reserve and a participatory demarcation of its boundaries has also been successfully done with a proposed map of the reserve produced. Much work has also been done to train the Village forest management committees (VFMC) that were created in 2015 for the management of the Tofala hill wildlife sanctuary. There were 08 VFMCs that were created in 08 villages but merged as one FMC known as the Tofala Hill wildlife sanctuary management council (THWMC). This training focused on the management of forestry and wildlife resources.

Work Team

Key to the planning and implementation of SUFACHAC conservation and development activities includes the PMU team, the staff of ERUDEF & CHEDE as implementing partners, other national partners. The conservators of protected areas and local communities.

 

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