Promoting Sustainable Forest Management and Climate Smart Livelihoods in Koya
Promoting Sustainable Forest Management and Climate Smart Livelihoods in Koya
The project that MAFY aims to implement recognizes that there is a lot of untapped potential in renewable forest products including non-timber forest products and commodity trees. Koya is a very important chiefdom for closed high forests and biodiversity. The Gola Rainforest, the Tiwai Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kambui Forests are all part-hosted in the chiefdom. But degradation rates have risen as high as 7% by some estimates since the end of the country’s civil war. In recent times, with a growing local population, poaching and logging have added their negative impacts to that of slash-and-burn farming. Even artisanal mining has been reported in parts of the Gola Rainforest area. The project is confident that a process of behavior change can be fostered through a combination of education and awareness raising and support for viable climate-smart livelihood alternatives to current antiquated farming practices. Koya is very rich in non-timber forest products like cane, raffia and rattan. But value addition and linkage to markets have meant that very low income has been fetched. The uptake from locals of crafting as way of value addition has been rather low. With the right linkages and training support, communities can sustainably harvest rattan and raffia which are quickly renewable and the benefits from the income fetched can be spread to the wider community for the forest product. Benefit sharing is a key component of community forest management. By fostering a process of active management of Koya’s community forests, the project will be incentivizing sustainable forest management in a biodiversity hotspot that is in much need of it. Millenium Agro Forestry Youth aims to set in motion a process of behavior change involving diversified yet viable livelihoods that are forest dependent. This way, the community gets to see the interconnectedness between the wellbeing of the forest and the wellbeing of the community. The project additionally will support diversified livelihoods that make for more sustainable use of rural lands. Inland valley swamp cultivation of rice and semi-intensive poultry production in the backyards of rural households will significantly transform household incomes. This will be underpinned by some increased access to financing that will come about from the establishment of village savings and loans associations. This will make families more resilient to pressures around food and finance. It will also make them less likely to engage in unsustainable and destructive activities to the forest ecosystem

Project Snapshot

Millennium Agro Forestry Youths
Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 10,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 15,000.00
Project Number:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Coordination with Ministries Department and Agencies is a strategy the project shall increasingly utilize. The project shall document successes and local knowledge and share through collaboration with the management of Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary, the Gola Chiefdom Development Committee and other relevant bodies in forest management and conservation. Lessons learnt shall be shared properly recorded and guidance sought not only for purposes of synergy but also for purposes of effective knowledge management.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Data will be preserved and properly kept in both electronic and hard copy at the resource center for easy access by everyone. Intermittently the organization shall develop and produce field guide for implementing Sustainable Forest Management and Climate Smart Livelihoods. Other education and sensitization materials including handbills, brochures and billboards shall be produced and widely shared for visibility of the project. These materials will be distributed during community meetings while the billboards will be placed at strategic locations in the community. In addition to the community meetings, radio programs will be conducted for raising awareness on Sustainable Forest Management and Climate Smart Livelihoods. Also the TV stations will also be utilized for airtime for documentary on Sustainable Forest Management and Climate Smart Livelihoods.
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Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 50
Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 35
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 500

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Abdul Rahman Adaama SANNOH
+232 76 789 985


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