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FwB Progress Report - Vanuatu Foresters Association
The Island of Mataso is one of the disadvantaged islands that were devastated by Tropical Cyclone Pam two years ago. The impacts were so devastating given the connection of the people’s livelihood with the only limited resources they have, as the entire forest resources and ecosystems were destroyed.
The Vanuatu Foresters Association along with the Department of Forests with the support of the Institute of Foresters of Australia has helped the affected areas with nursery tools and materials, technical support and forestry seedlings for immediate replanting. The focus was not only on Forestry farmers but also members of the affected communities to be able to contribute to their forest restoration.
For the full report: FwB Progress Report April 2017
Foresters without Borders Australia embarks on its first project
The Foresters without Borders management committee has been negotiating with the Vanuatu Department of Forests to identify potential projects to complement the “Rebuilding Vanuatu Forestry” project, which was generously supported by IFA members following Cyclone Pam. The priority project “Technical training with Vanuatu Forest Officers” has been developed and expressions of interest are now being called for suitably skilled volunteers to assist with the delivery of this project.
Technical forestry skills among department staff have been in relative decline over recent years due to a lack of available foresters and the completion of some key donor funded forest management projects in early 2000’s. The Department of Forests has recruited staff graduating with qualifications in Agriculture and other natural resources disciplines, while well trained in their respective disciplines, these young staff can benefit from additional training and awareness in elements of forest management and practices. Department of Forests has sought to provide such training to newly recruited staff however it has not eventuated due to work load and commitment by senior officers.
Providing training support in practical forestry will assist Forest Officers in their work to promote and support community forestry throughout Vanuatu. Foresters without Borders will engage a suitably qualified volunteer to work with Department of Forests to assess training needs and to plan and conduct an initial training program with selected Department of Forests staff.
The attached Terms of Reference document developed with the Director of Forests outlines the scope of the project. Expressions of interest are now being called with the process described in the EOI document also attached. Funding for this project has yet to be secured. Expressions of interest can be lodged with the chairman of the FWB management committee, David Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can also be contacted on 0438186637 if further detail about the project is required.
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