We began working in Mandawa village in 2010, making it one of the most recent villages for us to engage with. It has been selected as one of the villages to participate in the MCDI REDD project.
Our work in Mandawa
Since we began working with Mandawa village our work has consisted of raising awareness about community based forest management, forest conservation and natural resource governance. We have helped the community form a Village Natural Resource Committee (VNRC), develop village land use plans and demarcate boundaries for the Village Land Forest Reserve (VLFR). We have also helped them establish a Village Community Bank and we have carried out training and capacity building on financial management and accountability. Because Mandawa is participating in our REDD pilot project, we have also spent a significant amount of time raising awareness about REDD with both the VNRC and across the entire community.
We have collected baseline socio-economic and governance data from Mandawa so that we can monitor changes overtime from participating in the REDD project. We have also established tree and soil sample plots that we will use to monitor carbon changes over time. Most recently, we began awareness raising and training on fire management, which will be a key aspect of reducing drivers of deforestation in Mandawa village. We have also begun to introduce the concept of biodiversity monitoring, setting up systems where community members can assist in monitoring changes in biodiversity over time.
More about Mandawa Village
Mandawa village has a population of roughly 4,132 people. It is easily accessible along the main road and contains gypsum deposits. Similar to most of the villages MCDI works with, agriculture is the main source of income for most community members; however, they also rely on the surrounding forests for honey, timber, firewood and grass for thatching.