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Site development in Latin America and Africa

Site development in Latin America and Africa

Every good idea starts somewhere. IAFN’s site development program proposes to sow the seeds of agricultural innovation by funding small analog forestry pilot sites in different corners of the world. That’s why, in mid-2013, the IAFN Secretariat made a call for proposals to our partners in order to make available a small amount of seed funding for these pilot sites. The main objective of this process is to promote the methodology of analog forestry, through successful demonstration sites that will help teach biodiversity restoration techniques.

The ArBio Peru demonstration site, currently overgrown with bamboo and ready to be reforested. Credit: ArBio

The model that we have used is small micro-loans of less than $5000, which the receiving organizations pay back by using the site as a training node for analog forestry. The Secretariat had the difficult task of choosing the four most promising projects from the nine applications we received. Now, we can proudly say that the selected projects, which are just about to get started, are the following:

  • A 2.5 hectare site in Bamessing Village in northeast Cameroon, organized by Forest and Agroforestry Promoters (FAP-NGO). FAP is a partner of the Cameroon Analog Forestry Network, or CAFON.
  • An analog forest of six hectares, based on a design by Dr. Ranil Senanayake, in the community of Cuero y Salado, Honduras. A dedicated group from the community itself proposed the project, under the auspices of our newest partner, the Tree Project.
  • Introduction of analog forestry through a one-hectare demonstration site in Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon. ArBio, another new partner in the network, will be taking up this challenge.
  • Landworks to improve waterways and erosion control in order to complement a two-decade-old analog forestry design (also by Dr. Senanayake) on two hectares in Posada Natura, coordinated by EcoEra. This site will be used as a teaching complement in trainings delivered by the Analog Forest Training Centre in Londres, Costa Rica.

The design of the ArBio demonstration plot in Puerto Maldonado, Peru

We wish the best of luck to our partners who have received funds through this initiative of IAFN Secretariat, and we hope to continue to post updates on the progress of these 11.5 hectares. In metres squared, this may be a modest amount, but we trust that the results will help our partners to have more impact in their local communities. We here at IAFN will be with them every step of the way, sharing their stories of success and encouraging the adoption of a new rural development paradigm. Next year, we hope to grow the program — not only to sow the seeds of biodiversity restoration through more demonstration sites, but also in order to build up a body of data that can be used by anyone who wishes to practice analog forestry: information on startup costs, as well as costs of maintenance and development. We will also be collecting data on the accumulation of biomass, the increase in biodiversity, the economic opportunities created, and the improvement of the quality of life in local communities that live and coexist with the forest.

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  1. Kaganga John

    Kikandwa Environmental Association in Mityana district in Uganda is soon starting analog forestry which will be adjacent to another similar project implemented with financial support from Kings School and BothEnds,it will be sisters to each other:learn more about it

    Half +Half1000 Acre Community Forest Project similar to Analog Forestry is a social innovation based on small holder farmers initiatives to conserve and restore small forest patches ranging from ½ acre to 5 acres per household/farmer or leaving a piece of land to regenerate naturally into a forest by its own, it is anticipated that through campaigns and sensitization, these small forest patches or piece of land left to regenerate into forests can make 1000 acres of forest or more conserved in a given location. This is not something government or any other agency can achieve even with law enforcement or other measures, and is driven by the fact that it is no longer feasible to conserve large tracts of forest only in the face of the rapidly growing human population and competing economic priorities especially in Africa where land is becoming so scarce. This initiative lead to sustainable agriculture and food security, reduced soil erosion, stable rainfall pattern, stable income and alternative use of forest and Climate change adaptation and mitigation if replicated scaled up and out in different communities in Uganda ,Africa and other developing countries where smallholder farming is still dominant.For more information,contact Kaganga John:email:johnkaganga@gmail.com

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