As in the West African Forest Convergence Plan, the Congo Basin inspires the sustainable forest management framework for Africa (2020-2030).

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Preface

 

Extending over 624 million hectares (ha), covering 20 .6 percent of the continent’s land area and representing15 .6 percent of the world’s forest cover, Africa’s forests have a unique role in contributing to the attainment of the aspirations of the Agenda 2063, the Africa We Want, which envisages a prosperous continent with the means to drive its own development through the sustainable, long-term stewardship of its resources .

 

African forests are crucial at regional and global  scales  for  maintaining environmental quality and stability . They provide globally important ecosystem services and are indispensable for achieving the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals including SDG1, SDG2, SDG 13, SDG15 and SDG 14 . .

Sustainable Forest Management (also contributes to the attainment of the Global Objectives on Forests of the United Nations Forum on Forests and other global and regional forest related frameworks and instruments .

 

Forests and trees in Africa offer considerable support to agriculture, serving,   for example, as reservoirs of land for the expansion of agriculture and providing supporting ecosystem services such as pollination, soil conservation, water retention and climate moderation .

 

Many opportunities exist to increase action to overcome Africa’s challenges and achieve sustainable forest management on the continent They include the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, the Pan-African Action Agenda on Ecosystem Restoration for Increased Resilience and many sub-regional, regional and global programmes and partnerships There is increasing recognition of the importance of forests in climate change adaptation and mitigation as reflected in many of the Nationally Determined Contributions of the AU Member States as part of their efforts in the implementation of the Paris Agreement .

 

However, Africa’s forest sector is faced with many challenges that limit its capacity to provide meaningful and sustainable ecosystem services including contributing to socio-economic development These include: week forest and land-use policies, unsustainable forest management  practices;  competition for land from the agriculture, mining, livestock, energy sector and settlements . Moreover, the forest sector is given low priority in national plans and resources allocations .

 

Reflecting the above realities, the vision of the AU Sustainable Forest Management Framework (2020 -2030) was collaboratively developed with the active participation of AU Member States and the Regional Economic Communities under the coordination of the African Union Commission It aims to foster sustainable management and to address the above mention challenge undermining the value and the role of the forest sector .

 

Through the implementation of this framework, Africa hopes to stimulate trade, sustain livelihood and boast rural incomes . Therefore, this framework serves as a guideline for AU Member States and other African stakeholders in the forestry sector to assist them in their efforts to eliminate deforestation and forest degradation by 2063 .

 

Furthermore, it provides a scope and priority areas for investments and partnerships in the forest sector . Moreover, the framework creates an enabling environment for collaboration and policy harmonization between RECs and the African Union Commission, as well as among Member States . It, thus, serves as a basis strengthen, monitoring and reporting at continental level including African Small Islands Developing states .

 

Let us all join forces for sustainable forests of all types in Africa .

 

H.E. Amb. Josefa Leonel SACKO

Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture

 

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