Although MINFOF-SWR (Regional Delegation, Divisional Delegations and Forestry Posts) is providing technical assistance to all community forests in the region, PSMNR-SWR is currently providing technical and financial support to 11 community forests out of 19 within the region. They include Akwen, Bakingili, Bakebe, Christian Philantropic, Etinte, MBACOF, Mosongiseli, NLORMAC, REPACIG, Tinto and Woteva community forests. These community forests have the potential to foster economic development in enclave rural areas and to create new employment opportunities since they are sources of legal timber for the Internal Wood Market. They are also foreseen as a sustainable source of funding to finance priority community development projects at village level.
Most of these community forests have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration with the PSMNR-SWR and elaborated joint Annual Operational Plan which are been implemented. The following activities have been implemented:
- A poster and guidelines on the new manual of procedures for the attribution and norms for the management of community forest was produced and used for the sensitization of community forest managers and members;
- Management inventories were carried out in community forests and their simple management plans produced;
- Simple management plans, final management agreements and provisional management agreements were approved and signed for 07 community forests;
- Exploitation inventories were carried out in Woteva, REPACIG, Mosongiseli, MBACOF and NLORMAC community forests and their CAE signed;
- Regeneration activities of timber and non timber forest products are ongoing in the Bakingili and Woteva community forests;
- Forest Management Officers and members of the forest management committee from 05 community forests were trained in exploitation inventory and boundary delimitation techniques;
- A sensitization workshop for MINFOF staff on the new manual of procedures for the attribution and norms of the management of community forest was organized;
- The South West Community Forest network workshop was organized, members of the SW Union of Community Forest CIG updated and executive members elected.