Workshop enabled stakeholders to better understand the project and what their roles and responsibilities will be in its implementation. Some of the discussions and advises that emanated from the stakeholder meeting was to involve the council in the sand deposit excavation within the watershed. Equally, it was suggested that as much as possible, the stakeholders should be priority to conduct the various community trainings that are within their capacities. This was unanimously agreed.
Support Tree Nursery to produce 30,000 Seedlings
Target has been achived. The nursery area has been fenced and this has added more protection to the nursery and the office at large.
The construction of the water irrigation system through the installation and connection of the water tanks has increased efficiency and effectiveness in the entire nursery management and care.
Sign board construction and erection
The sign boards were designed and depicted the GEF logo, UNDP, FFHC and SGP. Other information included the beneficiary communities, project title, duration (start and finish dates) among others. Locations are in Soma on the Highway, Misera on the highway and the project site (watershed area) This has increased awareness and understanding of the contribution of GEF in the protection of the environment. It is almost becoming a household name.
Baseline survey and status report
The main observations included the identification of the successes of the preceding GEF funded project entitled: Biodiversity Conservation through the rehabilitation of 2 watersheds and erosion control using the Gabion technique in 4 communities in the region: However, the following have been identified as potential causes of the environmental degradation affecting both the watersheds and the upland farmlands Poor farming techniques. This includes tilling the land along the contour, Increased population activities on the limited land area Indiscriminate felling of trees which are not replaced Cattle grazing paths and bush fires. This negative effects identified as a result include General environmental degradation,Poor and infertile soils for crop production, Sheet erosion which has resulted to serious gully erosion, Loss of flora and fauna, Disappearance of watersheds along with the things that lived in it, Destruction of roads and residents, Difficulty in getting fuel wood, Abandoning of farm lands and Reduction in crop production and productivity.
Construction of 20 Gabion baskets
The construction of the twenty gabion baskets are yet to show any effects. However, gabion baskets constructed the preceding year have shown major success particularly in the sealing on deep erosion.
Bush Fire Campaign
The campaign was conducted in the Jarra west district with particular focus in the benefiting villages. The campaign motivated and mobilised the community youths to embark on village fire belting. This was done in Sare Biran, Sare Musa and Sumbundu.
Water Control (Spill way and dyke) activities:
A spillway and dyke measuring 145 meters with an overhead concrete bridge has been constructed at Sare Musa. The structure has multiple purposes within the water shed. Some of the purposes include the control of both water velocity and levels within the rehabilitated area to promote rice cultivation. Another purpose is to enhance safe crossing over the stream from the village to other farms and villages in the west. A second spill way and dyke measuring 55 meters is also constructed about 250 meters north of the first structure. It is hoped that these structures will greatly control the flow and conservation of water within the shed to stimulate restoration.
Watershed Engineering Consultancy
This activity was consulted out to the 2 stakeholder personnel (Forestry and Agriculture) The Overall aim of the consultancy is to carry out a study on the area so as to generate basic information relevant to guide the rehabilitation intervention in a technical and professional approach. Specifically, it is intended;
This is completed, a report is submitted and the findings and recommendations are being used as guiding information for the watershed rehabilitation. On a final note,the findings and recommendations of the report has greatly helped FFHC in the identification of suitable sites for spillways and dyke construction and suitable areas for aquaculture interventions.
Nursery Management Training:
The purpose of this training is to equip the beneficiaries with relevant skills in tree nursery raising, management and transplanting as part of the project sustainability plan. The training which lasted 3 days in the community of Sare Musa was attended by 25 participants from Sare Biran, Sumbundu, Sare Musa, Misera and The Neighboring Senegalese boarder village of Seno. The training motivated the formation of a cross boarder community based organization for learning and sharing of information and intervention strategies.