27th April 2017
Kenema: Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute Workshop Ends
By Philip Koroma (01/03/17)
The Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) has just concluded a two day Validation and Policy Briefing workshop in Kenema.
Reports say the workshop, held at the Luawa Resort hotel, was centred on the topic: Effectiveness of Forest Management for REDD+ in Sierra Leone. (Pictured: Sierra Leone Agriculture Minister Professor Monty Jones).
Deputy Director General and Research Coordinator of SLARI who also doubles as Coordinator of the BIODEV Project Dr. Mathew L. S. Gboku said the validation and policy briefing workshop is part of the activities of a bi-carbon development project.
It is funded by the government of Finland and implemented by a consortium composed of World Agro Forestry Centre for International Forestry Research, University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland.
SLAIR Deputy Director Dr. Gboku also disclosed that the research project will spread with national partners identified in targeted countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
He said the general aim of the research was to assess the effectiveness of forest management for REDD+ in Sierra Leone. He said the study also attempts to identify and implement context appropriate integrated interventions for achieving successful high value bio-carbon based rural development in case study landscape, improve strategies, policies and capacities for scaling up of high value bio-carbon approaches at national and regional levels.
Dr. Gboku stated that to achieve the broader aim of the study, the identification and document drivers of deforestation and REDD+ interventions should be implemented by the various agencies responsible for forest management in Sierra Leone and to determine the effectiveness of the various interventions as perceived by personnel working on forest management within the forestry division of the ministry of agriculture.
He noted that the NGOs and private sectors, universities and research institutions should identify the factors unfavourable to the implementation of REDD+ interventions and to identify specific objectives for effective management of future REDD programmes.
During the workshop in Kenema, the first day was focused on validation whilst the second day was focused on policy briefing.