Forests, Trees and Poverty Alleviation in Africa: An Expanded Policy Brief (UN High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development side event by IUFRO)

9 July 2021
13:00 – 14:30 EDT (New York time)

Sun set over forest Nature Valley in South Africa

Organizer: International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme

Despite the wealth in natural resources, poverty remains a major challenge in countries across Africa. The continent is home to 70% of the world’s extreme poor, many of whom often rely heavily on forests, trees and the ecosystem services they provide to support their livelihoods. Although often overlooked resources, forests and tree-based systems are vital in efforts to address poverty. However, it is crucial that policy and management measures that enable forests and trees to alleviate poverty are tailored to each specific context. 

Therefore,in November 2020, IUFRO’s GFEP Programme initiated the preparation of, Forests, Trees and Poverty Alleviation in Africa: An Expanded Policy Brief.

This expanded policy brief, prepared by 20 scientists and in consultation with 207 local stakeholders, aims to reach out to decision-makers in Africa, raise awareness of the role of forests and trees in poverty alleviation measures, and share a summary of the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on the topic. The publication outlines the most important scientific evidence of the nexus of forests, trees, and poverty in Africa, explain the context, and highlight key conclusions to be taken into account by stakeholders across Africa.

Join us virtually for the launch of this policy brief at a UN High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development side event!

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