TBI Ghana supports the revision of the Adwenase Forest Management Plan

TBI Ghana supports the revision of the Adwenase Forest Management Plan

Ghana - 17 June, 2013

The Adwenase Forest Management Plan has received a massive facelift following its revision by the kind courtesy of the EU Chainsaw Milling project implemented by Tropenbos International Ghana and partners. The plan, first drafted in 1995 by the Resource Management Support Centre (RMSC) of the Forestry Commission and the Assin-Akropong community, was revised to keep step with current forest management practices.

A key result area of the EU Chainsaw Milling project focuses on supporting communities in project areas that have significant forests intact to sustainably manage their resources. The Assin-Akropong community being one of such was adopted and supported to revise their forest management plan. The revision was accomplished through a participatory approach involving the community, the RMSC and TBI Ghana.

The management plan is expected to help regulate community forestry activities for the period (2013 – 2023) through the application of prescriptions that specify targets, actions and control arrangements. In this regard, the revised plan will form part of the general forest management system that regulates protection, inventories, yield determination, harvesting, silviculture, conservation, development, monitoring and other operations.

Moreover, the plan will provide continuity in managerial operations over time to formalize administrative arrangements and provide a basis for monitoring forest activities in the community.
Moving forward, other deserving forest communities have been targeted to receive similar support by the project. It is envisaged that the support will help forest communities to better manage their forest resources to meet their needs and aspirations.