Participatory Management for Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Obô Park

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Main Objective

To strengthen community participatory management in the Obô Natural Park and its buffer zone in São Tomé island, through sustainable financing for a low carbon development.

Specific Objective

To increase social, environmental and financial benefits of the protected area and to contribute for the REDD+ process in São Tomé.

Methods

To achieve the objectives, a REDD+ pilot project is being implemented at a local level (VCS – Verified Carbon Standard) to account for carbon stocks that can be used to obtain tradable premium credits (Verified Carbon Units with social and environmental benefits verification).

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Project Document (PD) | Activities to produce a carbon emission reference level caused by deforestation and forest degradation for subsequent audit and validation.

  • Stakeholder consultation and sensibilization | Development of a consultation and sensibilization plan and implementation of the activities at a central, regional and local level. The participatory discussion aims to contribute to the production of a benefit-sharing mechanism and a social and environmental safeguards system.

  • REDD+ Capacity Building | Technical training carried out with local technicians and training sessions with the communities.

Meetings with Stakeholders and Project Launch | 2018

In August of 2018 a mission took place in Sao Tome in order to perform:

  • Meetings with Stakeholders | The international team along with DF and ADAPPA presented the project and gathered information from several national institutions and organizations - projects or work in progress that might be related to OBO-CARBONO project - and to share knowledge that might favour the results.

  • Field Visit | Landscape recognition (Sao Tome island).

  • Project Launch | The project launch counted with the participation of official entities and civil society organizations. A discussion with the objective of sharing various perspectives on forest issues was promoted, thus creating greater public awareness and also facilitating the cross-checking and clarification of information gathered at bilateral meetings. This event was well widespread by the local media.

Field Work and Capacity Building | 2019

In 2019, two field work campaigns took place in Sao Tome in order to develop activities related to:

  • Forest Inventory | Accounting of forest biomass (emission factors), on-the-job training provided to local technicians in forest inventory and training sessions with a number of selected communities.

  • Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) | Characterization of deforestation and degradation activities in rural communities and on-the-job training provided to local technicians in PRA.