International Forest, & Environmental Development

Forêt Internationale, et Développement Environnemental

Message to partners

Climate change comes with many consequences that are increasingly visible such as severe storms, floods, extreme heat and cold, changing cycles and duration of rains. This leads to many threats, particularly to the capacity to ensure food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. Faced with these challenges, concrete responses are expected not only at government level but also at all levels of society so that future generations can maintain their chances of survival. Thus, to fight against climate change and its impacts, the Paris Agreement signed on December 12, 2015 by 195 countries committed to limiting the rise in global average temperature to well below 2 ° C. To achieve this goal, each country must develop individual climate commitments known as NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) to enable all stakeholders to contribute to the common cause in a fair and transparent manner. To ensure this transparency, each country must provide regular reports on national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and their impacts on climate change and adaptation to these changes, to enable progress made in the implementation of CDNs.

The training and / or capacity building of technical agents, technicians, engineers and officials of the Administration working in the fields of the environment, natural resource management and REDD + are necessary to achieve the objectives of contributions determined at the national level and also at the project level. In order to support the various actors in Africa to achieve these objectives, IFED (www.ifed-inc.ca) in collaboration with Queen’s University (www.queensu.ca) based in Canada has set up this program of vocational training and capacity building.

Our training offers have been selected to meet REDD + requirements and will be provided by very high-level experts who will use innovative, lively, interactive, practical and operational teaching methods and approaches, allowing our partners to achieve their objectives. .

For this year 2020, we are offering residential and à la carte training and will gradually move forward to also combine online training to make it possible to accommodate each other’s needs. We therefore intend to personally welcome you or your employees to one of our training sessions so that together we can strengthen the bases to rationalize your activities while minimizing the impacts of climate change.

The General Coordinator, CEO
Adrien Djomo. PhD

MFE 201: Forest Resources Management and REDD+

Course Details

The objective of this module is to enable learners to master the issues of forest resource
management in relation to climate change and the opportunities related to REDD+.

Articulations of this module include :
– Definitions
– Sustainable forest development
– Sustainable forest management (ecosystem-based management)
– Sustainable management of African forests (adaptation, participatory and multi-use
management)
– History of sustainable forest development
– Importance of forest management and forest concessions for sustainable management
– Organization and operation of forest concessions
– Ecosystem services
– Dependence of populations on forest resources
– Importance of local people’s involvement in the sustainable management of forest
resources.
– Opportunity of REDD+ in forest resources management.

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MFE 202: Environmental management

Course Details

The objective of this module is to enable participants to acquire or strengthen their capacity in
basic environmental management concepts, including policies, standards, certification processes
and environmental education techniques.

Articulations of this module include :
– Environmental Management
– Environmental management concept
– Environmental legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines
– Writing environmental policy
– Environmental assessment and environmental audits: basic concepts
– Environment: sectors and strategies
– Role of actors and stakeholders in environmental management
– Environmental education techniques
– Environmental standards (ISO standards, ISO 14000 series, ISO standard 14001)
– Environmental certification process

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MFE 301: Marketing techniques

Course Details

The objective of this module is to empower development actors with tools to improve the
marketing of their products and to have access to new outlets.

Articulations of this module include :
– Improving the design of products intended for marketing
– Major factors for sales price determination
– Commercialization, value chain, added value and minimization of environmental impacts
– Establish a quality control and marketing plan
– E-commerce and access to new opportunities
– Sales techniques

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MFE 203: Mining Management and Environment

Course Details

The objective of this module is to enable learners to acquire tools necessary for environmentally
friendly mining management.

Articulations of this module include :
– Issues and concepts
– Site characterization, rehabilitation techniques
– Monitoring
– Governance (economic considerations, process management and actors involved)
– Environmental, social and economic issues related to mining and industrial projects in the
implementation, operation and post-operation phases
– Arrangements applicable to the financing of site closure and rehabilitation and their
formalization in the form of “mining contracts” or any other type of legal vehicle;
– Methods for assessing environmental, social and economic impacts in the specific context
of mining and industrial projects
– Methods for managing mining waste
– Methods of decontamination and rehabilitation of mining and industrial sites;
– International standards for the closure and progressive rehabilitation of mining and
industrial sites
– Risk analysis methods in the specific context of closure and rehabilitation of mining and
industrial sites
– Environmental and social management plans in the specific context of closing and
rehabilitating mining and industrial sites

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MFE 401: Ecotourism and local development

Course Details

Country: Kenya
Eco geographic and tourist presentation

Kenya is a country located on the Equator which consists of high mountain ranges, mainly to the
west, and to the southeast of coastal plain which faces the Indian Ocean. The highlands (Nairobi)
are mainly a region of forests while the lowlands (Mombasa) present a savannah landscape.
Several ethnic groups including the Kikuyu (1/5 of the population) and the Maasai coexist with
Indian, Arab and European minorities. The population is 75% rural and exhibits one of the highest
growth rates in the world. The country lives mainly from its agriculture (coffee, tea, fruit, etc.),
livestock and tourism offered by beaches of the coast and the numerous natural parks in the
country harboring various species of wildlife

The two official languages of Kenya are English and Swahili, English being considered the official
language and Swahili as the national language. However, since these two languages are not
the mother tongue of most Kenyans, you will also hear many tribal languages- such as Kikuyu,
Luo, Masai, Samburu, etc.

Kenya is a traditionally tourist country which receives around 1 million visitors per year,
especially in summer, coming mainly from England and Germany. Tourism remains very
concentrated in the parks and on the coast and is organized mainly from Nairobi from where
there are safaris departures to nature reserves (more than fifty), including that of Masai Mara.
The national museum, the African rift valley, its escarpments and views are a possible stage
before the Masai Mara via Narok. In the town of Mombasa, of Swahili origin, is Fort Jesus,
dating from the Portuguese period (late 16th century). The old town is charming there. From
there, going to Malindi, you will discover the ruins of Gedi, from the 13th century, remains of a
Swahili city.

Educational objectives and articulations

The objective of this module is to allow nature lovers to discover the eco-geographic and tourist
wonders of Kenya. Throughout the module, participants will familiarize themselves with the
challenges of ecotourism and its relationships with sustainable local development, the fragility of
natural spaces and the need to protect them. The articulations of this module include:

✓ Eco-geographic and tourist presentation of the country;
✓ Fundamental notions of ecotourism and sustainable development;
✓ Fragility of natural landscapes and the need to protect them;
✓ Ecotourism issues and its relationships with local development;
✓ Discovery of ecotourism sites in the country (protected areas, cultural heritage, etc.);
✓ Discovery and brief stay in eco-lodges;
✓ Meetings and exchanges with managers, local guides, visitors and local communities;
✓ Ecotourism circuit;
✓ Safari photo, fishing and partaking in cultural events.

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MST 101: Geographic Information System (GIS) and Cartography

Course Details

The objective of this module is to enable the learner to master the basic concepts of cartography,
as well as the methods of acquiring, preparing and editing geospatial data. This module will
also familiarize participants with techniques for exploring and analyzing geospatial data, as
well as the use of QGIS/ArcGIS geographic information system.

Articulations of this module include :
– GIS Vocabulary
– An overview of GIS application to forest and environmental management.
– Notion of projection system
– Presentation of map data
– Cartographic design
– Fundamentals of geo-referenced mapping
– Use of QGIS/ArcGIS.

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MFE 302: Processing and Productivity Improvement of NTFPs and/or Agricultural Products

Course Details

The objective of this module is to train and/or build the capacities of development actors on
processing techniques for improving the productivity of their NTFPs (Non timber forest products)
and/or agricultural products.

Articulations of this module include :
– Technological foundations for processing
– Value-added production and labor organization
– Operations, logistics and quality management
– Maintenance management
– Coordination and management of a production team
– Choice of machines and inputs for productivity improvement

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MFE 204: Artisanal and Small-scale Mining Management Techniques (Low Environmental Impact)

Course Details

The objective of this training module is to equip relevant actors with sustainable management
capacities that minimize environmental impacts of artisanal and small-scale mining exploitation
in order to increase income from production and their contribution to national economy.

Articulations of this module include :
– General Introduction
– Small-scale mining
– Coverage of artisanal and small-scale mining in EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency
Initiative) reporting
– Introduction to initial estimates
– National sector analyses
– Social and Environmental Impact Assessment
– Management techniques for increasing revenues and minimizing environmental impacts
– Institutional and legislative framework for artisanal and small-scale mining
– Good practices in artisanal and small-scale mining

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MFE 402: Forest ecology – Eco-tourism

Course Details

Country: Tanzania
Eco geographic and tourist presentation

The United Republic of Tanzania is located on the east coast of Africa. It is bordered by Kenya
and Uganda to the north, by Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the
west, by the Indian Ocean to the east and by Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to South. The
continental part of Tanzania is divided into several well-defined regions: the coastal plains which
vary in width from 16 to 64 km, provided with lush and tropical vegetation, the Massaï Steppe
in the north, located between 213 and 1,067 m above sea level , and finally a high plateau in
the southern part, towards Zambia and Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi). Savannah and steppe cover
more than half of the country and semi-desert vegetation covers the rest, except for the coastal
plains. The interior areas cover over 53,000 km², mostly in the form of lakes that have formed
in the Rift Valley. The United Republic of Tanzania is also made up of the islands of Zanzibar
and Pemba, located approximately 45 km from its coasts, in the north-eastern part of the
country.

Tanzania is a country whose territory is twice as large as that of France. It shelters immense
savannas punctuated with Acacia and Baobas, mountains, volcanoes, large lakes (Lake
Tanganyika, Lake Victoria), wild and free animals (some always threatened like rhinoceros and
elephants), herds by the thousands (by the millions in the case of wildebeest).

The parks, fewer in Tanzania than in Kenya, are more extensive and give an impression of
infinite space: the animals born, grow and reproduce there as in a kingdom where the visitor is
a host. And what about Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa? Except for Dar Es Salaam,
its economic capital, the rest of the country gives the image of a territory largely preserved from
human intervention. Many sites have also integrated UNESCO World Heritage, such as the
Ngorongoro conservation area, located in the north of the country, the ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani,
which respectively include the great mosque of Kilwa, the Mkutini palace and that of Husuni
Kubwa, but also the ruins of Songo Manara, the Selous reserve or the rocky art sites of Kondoa,
covering some 200 caves decorated with paintings spanning a period ranging from 40 000 to
3000 years.

The list would not be complete without its national parks, in particular Serengeti or Kilimanjaro
the mountain which rises to 5,895 meters above sea level. The observation of animals in the wild,
especially if you opt for the safari, seems to be one of the essential activities to practice in these
parks. The Serengeti contains around 4 million animals including many birds and species such as
lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos, but also hyenas and zebras which roam freely under the
amused eye of the tourist.

Educational objectives and articulations

The objective of this module is to allow nature lovers to discover the eco-geographic and tourist
wonders of Tanzania. During this module, participants will familiarize themselves with the
challenges of forest ecology and ecotourism and its relationships with sustainable local
development. The articulations of this module include:

✓ Biophysical and tourist presentation of the country;
✓ Fundamentals of forest ecology and ecotourism;
✓ Fragility of natural spaces and the need to protect them;
✓ Visit of national parks;
✓ Ecotourism issues and its relationships with local development;
✓ Discovery of ecotourism sites in the country such as Lake Tanganyika, Lake Victoria, etc.;
✓ Meetings and exchanges with managers, local guides, visitors and local communities;
✓ Ecotourism circuit;
✓ Safari photo, fishing, taking part in cultural events.

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MFE 205: Quality, Health and Safety Environment (QHSE)

Course Details

At the end of this training, participants will be able to develop and implement a QHSE policy in
the company; raise staff awareness on health, safety and the environment; assess and deal with
occupational hazards; manage the company’s occupational risks; monitor application of QHSE
regulations and coordinate response of accidents.

Articulations of this module include :
– Stakes and responsibilities of Quality, Safety and Environment (QSE) Management
– Management principles.
– Quality Management System (QMS)
– Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)
– Environmental Management System (EMS)
– Integration and audit of QSE management systems
– Occupational risk management.
– Organization of the intervention.
– Industrial ergonomics and hazard study.

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MST 102: Image Processing and Remote Sensing

Course Details

The objective of this module is to allow learners to acquire advanced notions in the fields of
processing and analysis of remote sensing images, from display, classification to the analysis of
results.

The module’s articulations include:
– Image acquisition techniques
– Presentation of the general basic techniques of digital image processing and automatic
information extraction
– Classification of multispectral images,
– Physical and technical foundations of remote sensing
– Notions on LIDAR.
– Image geometry, georeferencing (direct location, reverse location)
– Characteristics of radar images and their fields of applications.

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MFE 303: Setting up REDD+ projects

Course Details

The objective of this training module is to facilitate the integration of REDD+ concepts in projects
development initiatives. This is a relevant strategy for sustainable development in developing
countries affected by the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation.

Articulations of this module include :
– REDD+ Key concepts
– Context analysis
– Definition of project area
– Key players
– Socio-economic analysis, etc.
– Elements of Project Idea Note (PIN)
– Analysis of deforestation or threats to forest cover drivers
– Reference scenario,
– Project activities to reduce threats
– Governance system, payment mechanism and profit or revenue sharing system
– Elements to be considered for the implementation of Sustainable Development Projects
(SDPs)

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MFE 206: Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for REDD+.

Course Details

The objective of this module is to build the capacity of learners in MRV systems in order to
facilitate the monitoring of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and to assess
performance against the baseline.

Articulations of this module include :
– Definition and background of the concept (Measurement – Reporting – Verification)
– MRV/REDD+ institutional arrangements
– Criteria for monitoring/follow-up of forests (REDD+)
– Use of remote sensing and the spatially referenced information system (SRIS)
– Reference Levels (FREL/FRL) and Forest Monitoring System (FMS)
– Importance of national or local allometric equations for the implementation of MRV
system
– Establishment of land use databases (LUD) and a MRV system
– Establishment of a national archiving system for the MRV system
– Implementation of a Quality Assurance / Quality Control system

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MFE 403: Environment and ecotourism

Course Details

Country: South Africa
Eco-geographic and tourist presentation

The Republic of South Africa (official name) is the southernmost country in Africa. It is a large
country with an area of 1.2 million square kilometers, equivalent to 2.2 times the area of France
or 3.4 times that of Germany. South Africa is one of the largest countries in Africa alongside
countries such as Algeria, Congo-Kinshasa, Libya, Chad, Niger, Angola and Mali.

The country is bordered to the northwest by Namibia, to the north by Botswana, to the northeast
by Zimbabwe, to the east by Mozambique and Swaziland. In southeast, South Africa is bordered
by the Indian Ocean and in the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Lesotho located in the center eastern
part is not a province of South Africa, but a small independent state with an area of 30,355
km², which is merely equivalent to that of Belgium (32,545 km²).

South Africa has a very condensed biodiversity. Indeed, the diversity of its landscapes made up
of forest, savannah, beach, mountain, desert and its diversity of animals make South Africa a
complete ecotourism destination. Each end of the country offers a different landscape. In the
North, the Kalahari Desert extends over several countries, including South Africa. The decor is
arid, the rivers are dry, which gives the impression of being alone, at the end of the world. In
the rainy season, the vegetation revives and the trees bloom. It’s a good time to go on a safari
and admire the flora and fauna. In contrast, Cap-Town is a port city, where you can get high on
the cable car and admire the 360° view. From up there, you will see Robben Island, which has
become famous for Nelson Mandela detention. Its remarkable beaches and its view of the
mountains make Cape Town a must-see on a South African trip. Johannesburg is a great place
to learn about apartheid and the history of South Africa. Here, local cooking will awaken the
taste buds of travelers. When it comes to Safari, the must-see Kruger Park is the largest animal
reserve in Africa. It is in this park that the visitor has the chance to observe the Big Five which
are lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes. The lodges provide the opportunity to stay
in the heart of the park and admire the flora and fauna until nightfall. The Zulu region, the wild
land of South Africa, has an unusual setting. Located in the east, it is home to one of the most
important ethnic groups in the country. Shakaland immerses you in this culture full of songs, dances
and traditional crafts.

Educational objectives and articulations

The objective of this module is to allow nature lovers to discover the eco-geographic and tourist
wonders of South Africa (Rainbow Nation). Participants will familiarize themselves during this
module with the challenges of the environment and ecotourism in this country. The articulations of
this module include:

✓ Biophysical and tourist presentation of South Africa;
✓ Fundamentals of the environment and ecotourism in South Africa;
✓ Ecotourism issues and relations with sustainable development in South Africa;
✓ Visiting townships, national parks and hiking on the trails;
✓ Explore major issues, analyze and propose solutions;
✓ Meetings and exchanges with managers, local guides, visitors and local communities;
✓ Safari photo, fishing, partaking part in cultural events

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MST 103: Training in Mapping Software (QGIS, ARCGIS, Google Maps, Grass GIS, etc.).

Course Details

The objective of this module is to empower participants with new approaches enabling them to
make better use of GIS software to optimize the decision-making process, by ensuring a detailed
and relevant visualization of information.

Articulations of this module include :
– Creation and dissemination of a GIS map using QGIS
– Creation and distribution of a GIS map using other software (ARCGIS, Google Maps,
Grass GIS, etc.).
– Organizing geographic data and other GIS resources within a mapping project
– Manipulation of features on a GIS map and information about these features
– Analysis of GIS maps and identification of features meeting specific criteria
– Cartographic language (map classification, cartographic language constraints)
– Creation and use of graphic charters (creation of new styles for point, line and surface
symbols)
– Creating and using advanced map layout templates
– Import/export functions to ESRI formats
– Different types of Geodatabase: file, personal and multi-user

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MFE 304: Project set-up and financing

Course Details

The objective of this module is to train or strengthen the capacities of development actors on
efficient techniques for setting up projects to facilitate access to increasingly limited funding.

This module is structured as follows:
Analysis phase
o Preparatory analysis
o Stakeholder analysis
o Problem analysis
o Analysis of objectives
o Analysis of strategies
Planning phase
o Logical Framework
o Intervention logic
o Indicators and sources of verification
o Assumptions
o Necessary means
o Preparation of a calendar of activities

o Preparation of the provisional budget
o Project writing (elements to consider for a high-impact project)
o Submission phase and search for project funding
o Establishment of a mechanism for monitoring available funding
o Knowledge of lessors’ requirements
o Setting up the submission schedule
Monitoring-evaluation phase
o Why?
o When?
o How?
o Financial follow-up
o Writing Report

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MFE 207: Local Development and Climate Change

Course Details

The objective of this module is to enable learners to acquire tools that facilitate local
development taking account of environmental protection and REDD+ issues.

Articulations of this module include :
– Theory and concepts of economic and local development, as well as social economy and
socio-territorial development.
– Context of emergence or re-emergence of local concerns and initiatives.
– Local production systems, industrial clusters and cultural districts
– Actors in local economic development.
– Local development initiatives and socio-territorial innovation
– Community actor at the initiative of local development
– Examples of local development initiatives in Africa and at the international level
presented through case studies and interviews with actors that illustrate the various types
of intervention.
– Interactions of actors and development initiatives
– Conditions for the success of local development initiatives: sense of ownership, leadership,
innovation and cooperation networks.
– Positioning of REDD+ in local development.
– Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and local development.

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MST 104: Training in image processing software (ENVI, ERDAS, GRASS, SNAP, Google Earth, etc.).

Course Details

The objective of this module is to empower participants with new approaches enabling them to
make better use of GIS software to optimize the decision-making process, by ensuring a detailed
and relevant visualization of information.

Articulations of this module include :
– Creation and dissemination of a GIS map using QGIS
– Creation and distribution of a GIS map using other software (ARCGIS, Google Maps,
Grass GIS, etc.).
– Organizing geographic data and other GIS resources within a mapping project
– Manipulation of features on a GIS map and information about these features
– Analysis of GIS maps and identification of features meeting specific criteria
– Cartographic language (map classification, cartographic language constraints)
– Creation and use of graphic charters (creation of new styles for point, line and surface
symbols)
– Creating and using advanced map layout templates
– Import/export functions to ESRI formats
– Different types of Geodatabase: file, personal and multi-user

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MFE 404: Environment, climate change and REDD +

Course Details

Country: Ghana
Eco geographic and tourist presentation

Ghana is a country located in the center of the west coast, in the west part of Africa, bounded
to the west by Ivory Coast, to the north by Burkina Faso, to the east by Togo and to the south
by the Atlantic Ocean. A former British colony on the Gold Coast, Ghana was the first country in
black Africa to gain independence in 1957, led by pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah.

Ghana covers five ecological zones which are the Sudanese savannah, the Guinean savannah,
the forest-savannah transition, the forest and coastal savannah. The first three are the most prone
to desertification. Plant cover includes pastures, shrub and tree savannah, semi-deciduous forest,
and finally mangroves along the coast. The Keta Lagoon complex (in the Volta Region) and the
Songor lagoon are among the RAMSAR sites found in Ghana. With more than 5% of Ghana’s
land officially protected by 16 national parks and conservation areas (Monkey sanctuary), the
country is an ideal destination for nature lovers to observe a multitude of bird and other wildlife
species. Ghana has become a pioneer in community eco-tourism. Tourism is Ghana’s fastest
growing industry and the third largest source of foreign exchange behind gold and cocoa.
According to the rural Ghana travel and ecotourism office, tourism grows by around 15% per
year in Ghana. Ghana, with its political stability and low crime rate is one of the safest places
to visit in Africa. The capital Accra is home to many sites that have marked the history of slavery
in Africa and is therefore a must-see cultural tourist destination. Kakum National Park, a tropical
forest area located 176 km from Accra, has an air passage that allows the visitor to observe
nature from the canopy. There are also many animals such as elephants, monkeys, antelopes,
etc. The Mole National Park, located 686 km from Accra in the savannah area allows you to
visit animals such as buffalos, monkeys, antelopes, lions and elephants.

Educational objectives and articulations

The objective of this module is to allow nature lovers to discover Ghana by visiting ecotourism
sites. Participants will also familiarize themselves with the challenges of climate change and the
reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in Ghana. The
articulations of this module include:

✓ Biophysical presentation of Ghana;
✓ Environmental, climate change and REDD + issues and challenges in Ghana;
✓ Visits of natural parks, ecological and ecotourism sites;
✓ Meeting with stakeholders of sustainable management and the national REDD+ strategy;
✓ Visit land degradation and natural resources sites;
✓ Visits of local communities to discover local cultural practices;
✓ Visits fort such as Elmina to discover the remains of the slave trade.

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MFE 208: Effective management of Protected Areas (PA)

Course Details

This course aims to give the learner the tools and techniques for planning and effective management of PAs, with a view to significantly improving their contribution to the conservation of biological diversity and to the improvement of the living conditions of neighboring populations. of PAs. This course will also allow the learner to master the standards of management and evaluation, as well as the mechanisms of sustainable financing of PAs in order to contribute to the mitigation of the thorny problem of the economic and ecological profitability of the conservation of protected areas.

Articulations of this module include :
-National conservation policies (Legislation, Strategies) and issues of the management of protected areas
-Efficient planning and management of protected areas (Tools: Management / development plan, Business Plan, Integrated Market Enforcement Teams (IMET), Annual Budgeted Work Plan (AWPB), etc.)
– Ecology of tropical ecosystems and notions of conservation biology
– Landscape & ecological connectivity approaches and cross-border management
-Participatory approaches (local populations, other stakeholders / national and international partners: Governmental Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations, Research institutes, Private sector …) and management of biodiversity
– Sustainable management of PA natural resources (Management of terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems; Integrated planning of the use of space; Exploitation of plant species with high economic potential; Sustainable exploitation of Non-Wood Forest Products of plant origin, Design, implementation and monitoring of development projects alternative to the overexploitation of natural resources; Partnership negotiation and good governance)
– Promotion of wildlife in and on the outskirts of PAs (Ecotourism, Sport hunting, Village hunting)
– Prevention of zoonoses
– Ecological monitoring, wildlife inventory techniques and concepts of GIS (Software and Tools: Distance sampling, Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), Monitoring Illegal Killing of Endangered Species (MIKES), Monitoring system for the Bushmeat sector in Africa Central (SYVBAC), navigation tools: maps, compass, GPS, etc.)
– Field trips and data processing
-Environmental law and sustainable development in Africa (International conventions, Action plans, Programs …)
-Environmental economics
– Environmental Information and Education (Information Education Communication (IEC), Environmental Education)
– Fundraising, sustainable financial mechanisms and lobbying
– Planning and management of human resources

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MFE 209: Land tenure security and REDD+

Course Details

The objective of this module is to train or build capacity of participants in tools for improved
land security in a climate change and REDD+ context.

Articulations of this module include :
– Definition of the concept
– Issues of land tenure security for REDD+.
– Land tenure law
– Land Governance
– Institutional framework
– Land Policy in Africa
– Land information system
– Customary law in land legislation
– Land registration;
– Land tenure insecurity and climate change
– Land reform and REDD+ mechanism

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MFE 210: Inventory of natural resources (flora, fauna, NTFPs, etc.)

Course Details

The objective of this training module is to enable learners acquire skills, abilities and knowledge
for the sustainable management of plant and wildlife resources.

Articulations of this module include :
– Geographic Information System (GIS) and natural resource inventory planning
– Forest inventory (flora, fauna, biological resources) in FMUs (Forest Management Units),
protected areas, council forests, community forests, common areas and woodlands
– New guidelines on georeferenced forest inventories
– Data processing and analysis
– Ecology and Ethology
– Statistics and Biostatistics
– Inventory techniques and standards

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MFE 211: Estimation of emission factors related to changes in forest cover: deforestation and forest degradation.

Course Details

The objective of this training module is to build capacity of learners on procedures and methods
for estimating emission factors from deforestation, forest and land degradation in a forest
monitoring system.

Articulations of this module include :
– Carbon stock changes due to deforestation and forest degradation by different
anthropogenic activities
– IPCC levels for estimating emission factors (EFs)
– Allometric equations
– Definition of allometric equations
– Determination of the allometric equations;
– Uses of allometric equations.
– Estimation of emission factors – gain-loss difference method
– Estimation of emission factors related to deforestation
– Stratification of vegetation cover types
– Carbon pools
– Data collection to estimate carbon stocks: field measurements
– Estimating carbon stocks and determining EFs
– Sources of error and quality assurance/quality control
– Estimation of emission factors related to forest degradation from different anthropogenic
activities
– Data collection for estimating EFs: field measurements
– Estimated EFs and total emissions
– How to estimate gains due to regrowth in anthropized areas.

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MFE 212: REDD ++ – Payments for Environmental Services (PES)

Course Details

The objective of this course is to introduce learners to the opportunities, mechanisms and challenges of financing and payments for environmental services under REDD ++. This course will also provide an opportunity to return to the fundamentals of sustainable management and draw on practical cases from countries that have successfully carried out PES so that learners are edified and can adapt them in their context.

Articulations of this module include :

  • Dependence of populations on forest resources;
  • Importance of the involvement of local populations in the sustainable management of forest resources;
  • Concept of sustainable management and development of REDD ++;
  • Sustainable management of African ecosystems (adaptive, participatory and multi-use management) within the context of REDD ++;
  • Activities and criteria of eligible projects under REDD ++;
  • Presentation of the various carbon sinks and links with climate change;
  • REDD ++ financing: opportunities and challenges;
  • PSE – Definition and justification;
  • Implementation mechanisms;
  • Estimation of ecosystem services;
  • The various institutions involved in the financing of REDD ++ and PSE;
  • PES markets;
  • Financing of PES;
  • Conditions for success of PES projects;
  • Management of PES
  • Presentations of the experiences of countries and projects that have implemented PES.

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MFE 213: Bush fire management in the context of REDD+.

Course Details

The objective of this module is to develop the capacities of participants on fire management as
a natural resource management tool to move from fighting late and uncontrolled fires to
controlling and managing early fires.

Articulations of this module include :
– Introduction
– Legal, political and institutional framework
– Rural fire management approach;
– National fire management plan/strategy
– Fire actors and cycles
– Presentation of good practice cases
– Development of maps for bush fire monitoring
– Methods for analyzing bush fire dynamics
– Bush fire management

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MFE 214: Use of UAVs for monitoring REDD+ activities and sustainable land management

Course Details

The objective of this module is to provide users with modern capabilities for monitoring forest
cover with UAVs. This module also provides participants with knowledge on the framework for
using these UAVs.

The module’s components include:
– Introduction
– Different types of UAVs: costs, advantages and disadvantages
– Uses of UAVs
– UAV usage guide
– Legislation on the use of UAVs
– Monitoring forest cover using UAVs
– Monitoring of farms using UAVs
– Application of UAVs in the REDD+ mechanism: opportunities, benefits, limitations and
constraints

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