SDI to Educate Communities on Forest Governance

first_imgSDI Coordinator, Nora BowierSustainable Development Initiative (SDI), a forest watchdog that provides updates on the use of Liberia’s forest, has launched a project aimed exclusively at empowering forest community dwellers to be more knowledgeable of the significance of the forests.At the launch of the US$99,925 project on Thursday, August 16 in Monrovia, under the title, “Strengthening Community Forestry Structures and Their Governance”, Nora Bowier, SDI’s Coordinator, said that the project seeks to enhance community empowerment so that community members can sustainably use their forest to yield the benefits that belong to them.Ms. Bowier said SDI will ensure that communities possessing forests will be provided technical knowledge and capacity so that they will have the benefit of their forest, and not “business as usual.”She said as they are set to commence the project, they need support from their partners, including community members, to ensure that the goals and objectives are met in the one-year period the SDI has as the project’s time frame.The project is funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), European Union, UKAID and Sweden.Already, the EU is making a huge investment in Liberia’s forest sector under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).  The VPA seeks to ensure that logs harvested from Liberia’s forest are certificated before leaving for countries within the EU.Additionally, the EU has negotiated with the Liberian government through the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to set certain percent of income from logging to affected communities as a benefit to them.This arrangement has at some points proven successful in the forest county of River Cess, but projects initiated from income from logging in that county are currently stalled due to exhaustion of the fund without accountability.While performing the launch of the project, Abraham Guillen, VPA Support Unit Team Leader in Liberia, said they are glad to liaise with a non-governmental institution like the SDI for such a project.Mr. Guillen said it is an essential engagement to make communities know their rights to the forest, and to have some benefits, but it should be done in a sustainable way so that the forest will not be depleted to make Liberia be like other desert countries.Also, Guillen warned that community dwellers and government should use the forest in a way to discourage illegal logging activities.A representative of the EU at the launch, David Palacio, said that it is premature to be happy at the beginning of the launch.“I cannot accept congratulations for now; the results from the implementation will bring congratulations [more] than the launch,” David said.He said the EU through the VPA has invested huge sums of money in Liberia’s forest for sustenance and benefits to the forest communities.Palacio added that they are implementing the project to help Liberia avoid running out of forests in 15 to 20 years from now, and be like other countries in the West African region.Also commenting, Mariatou Njie, FAO Representative to Liberia, said forests play significant roles in the livelihoods of poor people, and it is important that communities be involved in forest governance.She said, “participatory approaches are central to the concept of community involvement, and practical implementation is relying heavily on community forestry experiences.”She added that FAO over the years spearheaded the concept of community-based forestry as key elements in achieving social, economic and environmental objectives to sustainable forest management.Gertrude W. 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Nyaley, FDA Technical Manager of Community Forest Department, for her part, lauded the launch of the project.Meanwhile, the project will promote knowledge and technical skills to eight community Forestry Management bodies in Nimba, River Cess, Sinoe, Grand Gedeh and Lofa Counties.This will provide insight to community members about their rights and responsibilities in community forest management with focus on youth and women participation.It will also strengthen technical capacities of the National Union of Community Forest Management Boards (CFMB) to negotiate fair deals with logging companies and investors, and to monitor the negotiations of Commercial Use Contracts (CUCs).These activities will be approached through meetings with forestry stakeholders, including representatives of FDA, Community Forest Development Committee, CFMB Union, civil society, and the targeted communities to create awareness.Other methods include conduct of Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC) capacity building events; holding of education and awareness meetings on Community Rights Law of 2017, conduct of record keeping, and bookkeeping skills training; and collaborating with the NUCFMB to conduct four regional awareness and education events on the use of the Commercial Use Contract template, and provide logistical support to the UNCFMB to participate and monitor at least two negotiations involving two new CFMAs and third party investors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man United star reveals reason for Mourinho v Pogba training ground spat

first_img 3 targets Pogba and Mourinho appear to have a tense relationship Pogba and Pereira were seen laughing in the stands which Mourinho believed took place while United were trailing during the latter stages of the game.But in an interview with UOL, the Brazilian clarified when the video took place and what happened during the fallout that resulted.Pereira said: “Pogba posted the video before and there was me and left-back Luke Shaw laughing.“We were winning the game 1-0 at the time of the video. Then we lost the game, and people said that Pogba posted later. But he posted before. “The manager thought that Pogba had posted later. He asked him why it happened. There was a mood about it. These things were out here in England. But it’s like, I have nothing to do with it.“Mourinho gave me a chance, he said to me: ‘I want you to stay here’.“It would be a shot on my own foot to badmouth the guy who gave me the first opportunity to play and is still giving it.”An awkward atmosphere has been swirling around Old Trafford in recent weeks, with the Pogba-Mourinho bust-up only compounding the team’s lacklustre results on the pitch. Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba’s public training ground dispute in September was due to a misunderstanding about when the Frenchman posted a video on social media, Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has confirmed.Pereira, 23, was caught in the middle of the storm, having appeared in Pogba’s Instagram story during the Red Devils’ surprise Carabao Cup defeat to Derby County. boost Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Latest Manchester United News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT This has led to suggestions the Portuguese is fighting to keep his job, and reports even emerged he was due to be relieved of his duties regardless of their result against Newcastle earlier this month.United won the game 3-2 but Pereira dismissed the suggestions Mourinho is under pressure.The midfielder added: “The relationship is good, it’s cool. I have a very good relationship with him, with the players. And he also has a good relationship with the players.“We don’t feel that pressure coming from outside. Everyone says that he’s being sacked. We do not feel that.“For you to have an idea, I don’t usually have any English media on my phone so I don’t get intoxicated with everything they say. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Pogba and Pereira were laughing and joking during United’s Carabao Cup tie center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker 3 “He’s our manager, we give our life on the pitch for him and for us too. Everyone is very calm, very focused and very happy.”United’s next game sees them face Mourinho’s old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday at 12:30 and a defeat for the Red Devils would see them go ten points off the top of the Premier League table after just nine games.Chelsea vs Man United preview deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Pereira insists he and the rest of the United players have a good relationship with the manager 3last_img read more

Increased rainfall expected over Costa Rica this week

first_imgRelated posts:More heavy rains over Costa Rica expected starting Thursday night More rains expected over Costa Rica starting Tuesday evening Emergency officials downgrade weather alert for Costa Rica’s Caribbean, northern regions Landslides block roads, cause losses at farms in Tilarán Costa Rica’s National Meteorological Institute (IMN) reported Monday that tropical wave number 15 arrived in the country during the evening and will increase rains overnight.The wave’s effects were recorded first in the Central Valley and the Caribbean region with heavy showers and electrical storms. Several Caribbean communities on Monday afternoon recorded rainfall levels up to 55 millimeters, according to meteorologists.Accumulated rainfall in San José and Heredia provinces surpassed 30 millimeters and an IMN station at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela reported 33 millimeters during the evening.The tropical wave also is expected to cause cloudy conditions and intermittent showers throughout most the country in coming days, but mainly it will increase rains over the Central and southern Pacific regions.According to IMN forecasts, these regions will register rainfall accumulations up to 40 millimeters, “and even larger amounts in some communities.”Heavy rains also are expected in the mountainous areas of the Caribbean region and in the northern zone, with rainfall levels ranging between 20 and 40 millimeters.High temperatures will be recorded along the Pacific coastline during the mornings throughout the week, while cloudy skies will be constant at the Caribbean and Northern zone most of the days.Trade winds are expected to increase this coming weekend throughout the country and this situation likely will increase rains over most of the Caribbean region.IMN recommended caution in areas prone to flooding, and warned drivers to exercise safe driving as foggy conditions in mountainous areas will reduce visibility on roads in Limón and in cantons in the northern region. Facebook Commentslast_img read more