Capability Statement for the TFRG in Africa

The Tropical Forest Resource Group (TFRG)

The TFRG is a voluntary association of institutions and organisations based in the UK that have a demonstrated capacity in tropical forestry research, project management and consultancy related to African conditions

The unique combination and synergy of the member organisations enables TFRG to provide a range of services which supports the promotion of sustainable forest management throughout the world through provision of technical expertise and expert project management.

The TFRG has an established record of project management in many parts of Africa. There is a tested capacity in monitoring and evaluation, technical consultancy services, project preparation, and project identification, appraisal and implementation. The range of support disciplines covered in the TFRG group includes those most relevant to forestry project management.

The group has access to more than one thousand working scientists, and individual members retain extensive databases listing 2,500 consultants in all natural resource disciplines. All available to travel to over 50 destinations all over the world, we have our preferred travel company, to save on travel expenses, specifically when flying to Africa, click here for more info on this company.

Management Capability

The lead managing agency of the consortium is the Secretariat of the TFRG which is based at Oxford Forestry Institute of the University of Oxford (OFI). The modus operandi for managing projects has been well demonstrated through the management of many aid and development projects funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) under their bilateral aid programmes in the forestry sector. Some examples of these projects are tabulated below:

Project Name
Location
Duration
Financial Limit (£)
Link Project; University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka
1991-1998
385,000
Link Project; FRIM
Malaysia
1991-1998
1,360,000
IFGTB; Institutional Strengthening
India
1994-1997
489,000
Rural Development Project; Education and Training
South Africa
1997-2000
725,000

All the above projects have been successfully implemented through competent long-term management at OFI. The OFI has experience of a closely similar undertaking commissioned by the European Commission under project number B7-6201/96-19/VIII/FOR "EC/SADC Forestry Sector Cooperation Strategy Study" which was successfully presented to the Commission in April 1998

A recent precedent illustrating the strength and capability of the TFRG in project management is the management of a forestry education and training project in South Africa. This has recently been commissioned and has established a very clear accounting and reporting mechanism for managing complex projects on behalf of DFID. Early indications are that the implementation of this project is running smoothly.

The existing management mechanisms and communication strategies among member so the TFRG provide an ideal framework for the management of similar complex projects.

Oxford Forestry Institute

The Oxford Forestry Institute is the base for Oxford University's activities in forestry education, training, research, information and advisory services. Its professional staff comprise University Lecturers, Research Officers and Research Assistants with wide international experience and interests. The professional base of the Institute also includes a wide range of highly experienced associates.

The Institute functions within the University's Department of Plant Sciences, and has as its principal internal mission the pursuit of excellence in education and academic research. Its external mission is to maintain and enhance its role and reputation in training, strategic research, information and advice. In support of these roles and through association with CAB International, the Institute's library has developed as the world's leading centre for forestry literature accession and dissemination.

In addition to these University-related roles, Institute staff provide consultancy and advisory services to both public and private sectors. Relevant experience includes project undertakings in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Cameroon and Senegal. OFI was a principal partner in the EU-funded project to prepare a strategy for forestry in the SADC region.

Collaborative Link - Kenya

The object of the Link was to strengthen and support the Moi University Department of Forestry, Kenya. This applied particularly to the period when many of the Department's younger staff were overseas gaining postgraduate qualifications. The support included the provision of teaching staff, equipment and library books. The three year project, initiated in 1987 ended March 1991.

The following is list of collaborative undertakings in Africa:

UK funded projects in Africa managed by OFI and assisted by the TFRG

Project Name
Location
Duration
Financial Limit (£)
DFID FRP - The nature of long term changes in unlogged and logged tropical moist forest
Uganda
1992-1995
118,849
DFID FRP - To determine the effect of silivicultural treatment (tree spacing) on the wood characteristics and pulping properties of Pinus patula and Cupressus lusitanica (grown in Tanzania)
Tanzania
1992-1993
33,705
DFID FRP - Crop production under alley cropping systems with tropical leguminous trees in East Africa: critical interactions between system components
Kenya
1992-1996
125,090
DRID FRP - A species and provenance trial of Casuarina in the Tanzanian highlands
Tanzania
1993-1996
87,651
DFID FRP - The regeneration ecology and rehabilitation of natural woodland formations in the drylands of eastern Africa
Kenya
1994-1996
49,318
Sustainability of economic activities based on non-timber forest products
Ghana
1993-1995
148,303
Academic link; University of Peradeniya
Sri Lanka
1991-1998
385,000
Regional bio-resources project; FRIM
Malaysia
1991-1998
1,360,000
Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding; Institutional Strengthening
India
1994-1997
489,000
Rural Development Forestry; Education and Training Project
South Africa
1997-2000
725,000