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Stakeholders meet in Bo to validate CBF document

June 6, 2018

By Mohamed Massaquoi

The Forestry Davison of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) will today commence a two- day conference in the southern city of Bo to validate the Community Based Forestry CBF concept.

The CBF project aims to strengthen forest tenure rights in order to generate meaningful social, economic and environmental benefits from sustainable forest management.

According to Director of Forestry Division, William Bangura, the two-day meeting will update participants on the current implementation of the CBF success stories, lessons learned and testimonies from community members on the implementation of the project.

“We will use the opportunity to validate the newly developed CBF guidelines for Sierra Leone and to also improve on the CBF concept in the country. CBF is expected to improve food security and strong community institutions which will go a long way in securing and increasing the forest resources and hence, enhancing the environmental services they provide. Furthermore, the implementation of the CBF concept originated from the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT), and that the project aims at ensuring local control and management of forest resources,” he said.

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