Elaboration of the participatory management plan of the Rapides Grah Classified Forest (Nawa and San-Pedro region)
Janvier 2021 - Août 2022
Agroforestry, Forest and climate change, From land use planning to local development, Natural forests management, Forest and tropical timber industry, Protection and conservation
The Rapides Grah Classified Forest is located in the south-west of Côte d'Ivoire, straddling the Nawa and San Pedro Regions. The Rapides Grah Classified Forest is the largest Classified Forest in Côte d'Ivoire, with an area of 263,900 ha. Its northern part borders the Taï National Park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a low deforestation rate thanks to forest protection measures. However, the demographic pressure around and within the Rapides Grah Classified Forest is very high, with a high rate of conversion of forest areas into agricultural zones.
In order to meet the national objectives of preservation and restoration of the national forest cover, TEREA elaborated the participative management plan of the Classified Forest of Rapides Grah. The elaboration of this Management Plan is considered by the MINEF as a pilot project which should allow the implementation of land management modalities guaranteeing the implementation of a zero deforestation agriculture and a conservative management of forest areas. To achieve this, the integration and participation of the inhabitants of the Classified Forest in the development of the PAPFC has been a key factor in ensuring the success of the objectives of preservation and restoration of the forest cover in the long term.