Hands off our forests.

Guinea-Bissau, northern and eastern regions.

2,350 young people living in 235 pilot villages and 16,450 members of the local communities.

FCFA 134,652,000 (USD 220,380)

Estimated duration
(3 years) December 2023 – November 2026

Socio-environmental education for young people and prevention of environmental crimes in rural areas.

The extensive forestry resources of Guinea-Bissau are increasingly threatened by excessive industrial exploitation, deforestation and the lack of services protecting the forest ecosystems. It has been reported that the industrial activities carried out in the forests of the villages in the north and east of the country are drastically depleting resources, and as a result are radically changing the rural environment.

Consequently, the Kafo Federation of farmers and the local population are working together to identify long-term solutions for preserving the equilibrium of the local environmental and offering a livelihood for the people living near the threatened forests.

This state of affairs is a real and legitimate worry for thousands of villagers, forced to rethink their traditional lifestyle that was highly dependent on the forest. Deforestation and the resulting disappearance of ecosystem services that are essential for human survival are a huge threat to the communities of 235 villages in the north and east of the country.

Faced with such a problematic situation, this project aims to implement a socio-environmental education programme with a view to preventing environmental crimes, addressed to young people and students in rural areas. The project focuses on environmental management and the pro-active governance of production areas and natural resources.

Furthermore, it aims to help safeguard strategic common assets for local development and food sovereignty, offering effective support to community forestry initiatives through inventories of flora and fauna and the regulation of 50 natural reserves in the villages, covering over 7,850 hectares of forests.

Expected results

  • The population of 235 pilot villages are aware of the socio-environmental problems and have worked pro-actively to prevent and mitigate the effects of industrial deforestation;
  • 2,350 young people have been trained and organised into 336 local reporting units for monitoring and ensuring strong local management of natural resources and the environment;
  • 16,450 people have been educated and are aware of their pre-emptive rights over the land and natural resources of the villages, strengthening peaceful cohabitation and solidarity among the communities;
  • 336 local reporting units, involving young people from rural areas, have developed education and awareness raising initiatives on environmental crimes targeting the local populations; 
  • 50 village forestry reserves (7,850 hectares of natural forest) have been regulated and inventoried, adopting plans for community management and the rational exploitation of forestry resources;  
  • 4,700 illustrated calendars, posters and brochures have been produced in local language, as well as programmes, interviews and debates on the community radio stations contributing to the socio-environmental education and awareness raising of the population on environmental crimes.

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