USDA-Forest Service Technical Assistance Trip Republic of Guinea Evaluation of Guinea’s Protected Area Network

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An Institutional Strengthening Program for the Direction Nationale des Eaux et Forêts (DNEF) of Guinea by the U.S. Forest Service, International Program Office and the Consortium for Protected Area Management

In July 2006, a CIPAM (Consortium for International Protected Area
Management) team of three protected area specialists was requested by the USFS
to inventory and analyze Guinean protected area policies, to evaluate the state of
information gathering and transmission for decision making at the DNEF, to
assess the types of information available for Guinea’s classified forests, and to
assess the possibility of utilizing GIS and remote sensing technology to collect
and acquire data on the social, technical and economic status of Guinea’s
protected areas. This exploratory and evaluative mission sought to assess the
potential for future contributions to protected area management in Guinea.
• During the 12-day July exploratory mission, the CIPAM team met with numerous
Guinean government officials working at the DNEF (Direction National des Eaux
et Forêts) throughout the country, engaged in protected area site visits (classified
forests, national parks, and community / co-managed forests) in multiple regions,
interviewed local NGOs, Peace Corps volunteers, and USAID representatives,
and met frequently with the USFS – IP Principal Technical Consultant.
• A number of issues emerged from the interviews and data collection, resulting in
the CIPAM team identifying five key issue areas: 1. Information collection and
management, 2. Co-Management / Participatory Management, 3. Monitoring and
evaluation, 4. Tourism development and, 5. Governance.
• CIPAM recognizes opportunities to provide technical assistance to USAID and
the staff of the Direction Nationale des Eaux et Forêts to support goals outlined in
the USAID-funded AG/NRM activities in Guinea. In particular, the mission team
recommends short-term assistance in facilitating a process for DNEF and other
stakeholder agencies that provides much greater definition of DNEF's various
protected area classifications and terms (e.g., classified forest, buffer zone,
national park) as well as clarification of co-management and how it is
implemented. This process will require central government leadership and
considerable local outreach.
• Future assistance is needed to help DNEF develop and build capacity for a system
of monitoring and evaluation. However, until greater definition of terms are
identified as described above, this step should be postponed.
• The areas of greatest need with the most promise of future support, such as
capacity-building trainings, should focus at a local level by investing in field staff,
community involvement in co-management, and the local implementation of
management plans.

Brett Bruyere, Paul Lachapelle, Shelley Walker Saxen
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