Mwenga : Capacity Strengthening of 40 Actors for Sustainable Management of CFCL in Mwenga

Under the “Women in Action” project by the Association for Community Biodiversity Conservation (ACCB), an ambitious initiative aimed at empowering local actors for the management of Community Forest Concessions (CFCL) recently concluded in Mwenga. This intensive training took place over two weeks, from June 23 to July 6, 2024, benefiting 40 participants, including 12 women, from fourteen villages in the Batumba and Bawanda groupings.

During this period, participants were immersed in a comprehensive program covering various essential aspects of sustainable forest resource management. Modules included training on socio-economic factors influencing CFCL, advanced household survey techniques, and practical skills in using Kobo Collect data collection technology. Special emphasis was also placed on best practices for field surveys, crucial for effective and environmentally respectful management.

The diversity among participants enriched exchanges, with notable participation from 20 local leaders, including local political and administrative figures and representatives from civil society organizations. This synergy not only enhanced participants’ understanding of environmental issues but also fostered constructive dialogue on future forest management initiatives in the region.

ACCB’s initiative is part of the broader context of granting CFCLs to local communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This mechanism aims to empower communities in the management of their ancestral forest resources while promoting sustainable and equitable economic development. The training in Mwenga represents a crucial step in this effort, equipping participants with tools to develop and implement CFCL management plans tailored to local needs.

The newly acquired knowledge by participants will play a decisive role in preserving forest biodiversity and combating the adverse effects of climate change. By familiarizing themselves with participatory forest resource management processes, local actors are now better prepared to positively influence their immediate environment and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

By enhancing the capacities of local communities to manage their own forest resources, ACCB is paving the way for a more inclusive and sustainable approach to conservation. This investment in local knowledge and autonomy not only advances responsible CFCL management but also serves as an inspiring example of collaboration among diverse stakeholders for a common goal: preserving our natural heritage for future generations.

By The Editorial Team

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