Strengthening Environmental Governance by Building Capacity of Government Agencies and NGOs in Sustainable Forest and Rangeland Management through a Participatory Approach with Local Communities
Objective is to build the capacity of NGOs and government agencies (including directorate of Ajloun and Jarash, Environment Civil defense of Ajloun and jarash, Royal commission for environment protection/ policy ranger, etc ) in Jarash, in order to facilitate a review of strategies and policies in key sectors, including those that do not currently integrate forests (e.g. tourism and energy), thus contributing to Capacities for Strategy, Policy and Legislation Development and Capacities for Management and Implementation also address a shortcoming in the national Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), which does not currently include forests and the role of forest-based projects in supporting livelihoods and providing opportunities for eradicating poverty.

Primary objective
• Strengthen capacity of government agencies in the targeted area and ministries (MoA and MoE) and NGOs to get involved in the preparation of a national forest management strategy and recommendations for effective rangeland use, in order to bring needed changes to some current policies related to rangeland and protected area management.

Specific objectives
• Strengthen capacity of government agencies (MoA and MoE) and NGOs (IUCN and RSCN) in sustainable forest and rangeland management, to improve the quality of habitats and local livelihoods.
• Advocate forest and rangeland management activities to protect and manage national resources in a sustainable, participatory manner, and improve income generation through the sustainable use of natural resources.
• Promote participatory forestry and rangeland activities to develop partnerships with local communities, secure their rights, and build their capacity to manage natural resources, in order to improve their livelihoods.

Description of Project Activities
• A questionnaire will be developed to address the problems that interfere with sustainable forest and rangeland management. At least 100 questionnaires will be sent to targeted respondents from the Forestry Department, RSCN, IUCN, interested environment NGOs, and local communities from Al Balqa, Jarash and Ajloun Governorates.
• Data will be analyzed and tabulated, and linked to how the CBRR programme responds to such problems on its model. This data will be used on develop the project case study
• Several training workshops on sustainable forest and rangeland management will be conducted for the technical staff from governmental agencies (MoA and MoE) and NGOs (IUCN and RSCN) including: (a) stewardship; (b) enabling environment; (c) continuous flow of goods and services without undermining the resource base; (d) maintenance of ecosystem functioning and biodiversity; (e) maintenance of economic, social, and cultural functions; (f) benefit-sharing; and (g) stakeholder participation in decision-making. At least 20 technical will participate on these training workshops.
• Workshops on sustainable forest and Rangeland management will also be conducted for people from various civic organizations covering: grazing capacity, grazing management, habitat protection, income generating projects, and community participation. At least 3 civil organizations will be identified and will participate in the workshops from al Balqa, Jarash and Ajloun Governorates.
• A workshop will be conducted for decision makers from government organization to enhance the modification of rangeland strategies and implementation of Sustainable forest management.
• A review will be made of the national forest policy formulated (but not adopted) in 2007. The CBRR team will stimulate discussion of the policy and will make recommendations.
• The findings of the project will be presented to three national committees.
• A manual or booklet will be prepared on sustainable forest and rangeland management.
• Several training field trips will be organized, to show success stories and failures, related to sustainable forest and rangeland management.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Royal Botanic Garden
Country:
Jordan
Area Of Work:
CapDev
Grant Amount:
US$ 45,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 6,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 18,000.00
Project Number:
JOR/EU-NGOs/OP5/Y3/2013/01
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Every effort will be made to distribute the questionnaire to both males and females within local communities also women will be specifically invited to attend training workshops.
Policy Impact
The findings of the project will be presented to three national committees also Several training field trips will be organized, to show success stories and failures, related to sustainable forest and rangeland management.
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Indicators
Empowerment
Number of CBOs / NGOs participated / involved in SGP project 13
Empowerment
Number of women participated / involved in SGP project 10
Empowerment
Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 250
Empowerment
Number of value added labels/certifications/quality standards received or achieved 3
Empowerment
Number and type of support linkages established with local governments/authorities 4
Empowerment
Number and type of support linkages established with national government institutions 3