Now available in French: IUFRO-GFEP Policy Brief on Forests and Poverty in Africa

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 proudly announces the launch of the French version of Forests, Trees and Poverty Alleviation in Africa: An Expanded Policy Brief: Les forêts, les arbres et la diminution de la pauvreté en Afrique : Une synthèse politique élargie.

This Expanded Policy Brief was prepared by 20 scientists and in consultation with 207 local stakeholders from various groups, including policymakers, international development organizations, 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 the 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.

Read the Expanded Policy Brief in French