In 2018, SMFG commissioned a study on local land uses and the agricultural suitability of land around the Guinean Nimba Mountains. Based on this study, which provides an objective biophysical basis for land-use planning, SMFG has offered to sponsor participatory land-use planning, village-by-village, for villages adjacent to the Nimba Mountains.
These would serve as masterplans for agricultural support and villages’ future infrastructure and expansion, in manners consistent with the sustainable development and conservation objectives. They would also be fully grounded in traditional, village-level land-tenure systems which direct de facto how land is used in rural areas.
A plan is worth nothing unless it is implemented. SMFG hopes to support these locally developed land-use plans with tangible assistance starting when the first pilot plans are adopted. Over the longer term, when the mechanisms for redistribution of revenues from mining provide significant annual resources for development in Lola Prefecture, these land-use plans will provide the roadmaps for the area’s sustainable development.