Support to the finalization of the Project Document for GEDEFOR II in Mali

The first phase of the project, GEDEFOR I, ended in 2013 with positive results. The focus was put on decentralization in the forestry sector and development of income generating activities for rural organizations depending on forests. The implementation covered three out of Mali’s 8 regions. La Direction Nationale des Forêts (DNEF) then suggested that the focus of GEDEFOR during phase II should remain in the same main thematic areas (decentralization and private sector development), and build on the achievements from phase I. However, the second phase should have a focused effort on strengthening resilience through private sector development and results.
The aim of this assignment was to assist the Ministry of Environment, Sanitation and Water and DNEF in improving the project document for GEDEFOR II to a standard at which the embassy could decide to fund the project. During the assignment, it was necessary to investigate the decentralization policy in Mali in terms of their practices, trends in accordance with government, civil society and other actors expected roles in line with land tenure, natural resource equitable and sustainable management and with a broader rights perspective.
Private sector development would in GEDEFOR II focus on strengthening emerging small scale rural entrepreneurs and economic activities by community based organizations in the forestry sector in order to increase income in a sustainable way and thereby building resilience to environmental stress.

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