Recommendations for Co-Management of HIA Landscapes
Outlining the Concept, Steps, and Process to Achieving Co-Management with a View to the Juabeso Bia HIA
An HIA is a governance structure and target landscape which has been prioritized for the implementation of REDD+ and sustainable, climate-smart cocoa production activities. It is an adaptation of the CREMA model that was developed to govern and manage forest resources in cocoa farming areas more effectively. It was specifically designed to support forest protection, to transform cocoa production to a climate-smart system, and to enable sustainable sourcing of cocoa beans and other commodities from a landscape.
An HIA is a landscape of approximately 100,000 to 200,000 ha that includes communities, cocoa farmlands, forest reserves and national parks, and other natural resources like rivers. The HIA model envisions a multi-tiered system of local governance which includes the traditional leadership, landowners, communities and cocoa farmers in a set of structures from the community CREMA level, to a set of Sub-HIA Executive Committees, to an over-arching Landscape Management Board (See Annex 1 for an explanation of the HIA structure and bodies.) The HIA spearheads localized decision-making and management planning about natural resources and agricultural systems with the implementation of sustainable activities, like climate smart cocoa farming). This is supported by monitoring and enforcement on a broad scale and based upon traditional/local values and beliefs in concert with national laws and policies.
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