Field level PFM, REDD+ and climate change facilitators. This includes gender balanced staff from both NGOs and local governments who interact with and support community – level forest managers. This group will act as the link between FTI and the ultimate beneficiaries. The project will work initially with 12 districts where PFM, REDD+ and climate change activities are currently being undertaken, and where district staff have clear opportunities for translating their knowledge and skills into action and change at village/community levels.
Districts will be selected to ensure a representative cross section of ecological zones/forest types across the country (such as miombo woodland, coastal/mangrove forest etc), as well as districts that are considered advanced and “beginners”. This deliberate selection process will enable a healthy transfer of experience from one site to another through peer-to-peer learning. NGOs working in support of PFM, REDD+ and climate change initiative in any of the 12 districts will also be supported in terms of capacity building. In each of the 12 districts, 6 villages will be targeted for intensive capacity building. An additional batch of 72 villages will be targeted from a further 12 districts, once the capacity building programme has been developed and refined.