Forests, trees and poverty alleviation in Africa: An expanded policy brief

The expanded policy brief outlines the most important scientific evidence of the nexus of forests, trees, and poverty in Africa, explains the context, and highlights key conclusions to be taken into account by stakeholders across Africa.

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IUFRO’s Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme launched the Portuguese version of their latest publication, Forests, Trees and Poverty Alleviation in Africa: An Expanded Policy Brief, on 15 October 2021.

The policy brief (in English) was launched in July 2021 during a virtual side event of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (UN-HLPF). This Expanded Policy Brief was prepared by 20 scientists and in consultation with 207 local stakeholders from various groups, including policymakers, international development organisations, civil society and other interest groups, and is based on the global assessment report of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Poverty published in 2020.

The publication outlines the most important scientific evidence of the nexus of forests, trees, and poverty in Africa, explains the context, and highlights key conclusions to be taken into account by stakeholders across Africa.

The following key messages are emphasized in the policy brief:

  • Forests and trees are critical to poverty alleviation in Africa.
  • Forests and trees can contribute to the well-being of the poor in Africa as they face profound global changes.
  • The distribution of benefits from forests and trees for human well-being in Africa is inequitable.
  • Cross-sectoral coordination in land use policies can avoid excessive costs being borne by the poor.
  • Policy measures exist to enable forests and trees to effectively address poverty goals in Africa, but there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

This Expanded Policy Brief contributes to the implementation of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by highlighting the nexus between SDG 1: No poverty and SDG 15: Life on land, as well as links to other relevant SDGs.

Download the Expanded Policy Brief