NGOCE Kicks Off Goldman Funded I-COBRA Project
I-COBRA is a project funded by Goldman environmental foundation and the project seeks to develop a Participatory Land Use Plan (PLUP) with areas marked out for farming, sustainable logging/hunting, strict conservation and link up the Okpon forest to the CRNP (Oban Division); strengthen forest/wildlife resources governance and encourage pro-forest alternative livelihood in the benefiting communities.
As part of the process of implementing of the project, a 4-man NGOCE team that included Vincent Ayang- team leader, Ruth Ngoro, Eyam Eyam and Blessing Ishie carried out a sensitization and mobilization exercise in the 5 participating communities; comprising of Ochon, Isabang, Odonget, Alesi and Ekukunela of Obubra and Ikom Local Government Areas. These communities were strategically selected as they all make use of the Okpon forest reserve and River.
In each of the communities, the chiefs, elders, women,
In each of the communities, direct beneficiaries of the project that include key forest users (loggers, large-scale farmers, and harvesters of Non-timber Forest Products ) that will be trained on sustainable forest utilization where selected through a participatory process. Also selected were 10 members (youth, women
The communities were also excited about the plan to help them develop a Participatory Land-Use Plan (PLUP) that will allocate land for specific uses rather than indiscriminate use of land as it is currently being done. They promised to provide the needed manpower for the achievement of the PLUP.
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