Ten communities around Kabo and Odome River Forest Reserves were facilitated in the two districts. In the Kadjebi, two communities are indigenes and three settler farmer/ communities and in Hohoe, three Akpafu and two Santrokofi communities awareness on forest Governance was raised.
Main Issues Discussed with Communities
- Forest Governance, including direct and indirect benefits
- Operations of timber companies under the law
- Illegal chain saw activities
- Social Responsibility Agreement between Timber Companies and the forest fringe communities
- Payment of royalties and benefit sharing by Forestry Commission and the Forest communities
- Illegal chain saw activities are rampant in both the Togo Plateau, Kabo and Odome River Forest Reserves and off reserves
- Non-payment of compensation to farmers by Timber Companies for crops destroyed.
- Alleged issuance of permit to chain saw operators by other agencies instead of the Forestry Commission.
- Land owners selling trees to chain saw operators without the consent of the settler farmers
- Signing of SRA with the Timber Companies without community participation
- Encroachment and Calls for re-demarcation of the Odome River to allow for more farming lands to local people.
- Community Forest Protection Task Forces needed to revived and motivated to work.
- Need to summaries forest laws into local languages for the communities.
- Need to increase awareness on tree tenure and benefit sharing of forest resources with the youth, women and settler farmers