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Presentation on theme: "A FRICAN F OREST F ORUM A PLATFORM FOR STAKEHOLDERS IN A FRICAN FORESTRY."— Presentation transcript:


2 THIS IS WHO WE ARE The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the quest for and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the socio-economic wellbeing of its peoples and for the stability and improvement of its environment. Our Vision is to be the leading forum that links and unites stakeholders in African forestry within and outside the continent. Our Mission is to contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of the people of Africa and the environment they live in through sustainable management and use of tree and forest resources on the African continent. Our Goal is to galvanize a common African voice and opinion, and mobilize resources that are required to address forestry and related issues that cut across countries and regions with a view of enhancing the relevance and contribution of forestry to the people of Africa and their environment.

3 Structure and Governance Members’ Forum Governing Council Executive Committee Eastern Africa Sub-region Central African Sub-region Northern African Sub-region Southern Africa Sub-region West African Sub-region Secretariat Chapters Governing Council Executive Committee Technical Support Team (TST) Working Group on “Forestry in CAADP” Working Group on Climate Change Task Force on Resources Mobilization

4 THIS IS WHERE WE BEGAN Our beginning dates back to 2003 where the African Forest Research Network (AFORNET) at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, implemented a project on “Lessons Learnt on Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” for two years (2003-2005) with funding from Sida. Well documented studies, syntheses, policy briefs, strategies and priorities came out of this project which led to a second phase (2006-2008) in order to ensure efficient dissemination of these outputs as well as create an African Forest Forum that can sustain the momentum of sound analysis, advice and advocacy to backstop African leaders in decisions concerning the management of national forest resources and in various global debates. The Founder Members established the Forum on January 26, 2007. The Forum was registered in Kenya as a not-for-profit international NGO on December 06, 2007. In 2008 it was registered in Tanzania and Niger. SFM I (2003- 2005) SFM II (2006- 2008) AFF (2007)

5 Jul 6-7, 2006. SFM II Project Steering Committee Attended by 16 persons in Nairobi, Kenya Aug 21- 23, 2006 Workshop on "Lessons and way forward with SFM in Eastern Africa" Attended by 35 persons in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sep14- 15, 2006 First East African Consultative Forum on Forests Attended by 29 persons in Arusha, Tanzania Oct 2-7, 2006 Workshop on "Improving teaching material for forestry education" Attended by 14 persons in Nairobi, Kenya Nov 6- 8, 2006 Workshop on "Lessons and way forward with SFM in Central & West Africa" Attended by 34 persons in Doula, Cameroon Nov 27- 28, 2006 "Reunion des points focaux du FNUF de l'espace COMIFAC preparatoire a la reunion de New York" Attended by 19 persons in Bata, Equatorial Guinea Nov 28- 30, 2006 Fifteenth session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission Attended by 17 persons in Accra, Ghana Apr 25, 2007 Side event on the African Forest Forum during UNFF7 session Attended by 34 persons in New York, USA May 2- 4, 2007 Workshop on "Lessons and way forward with SFM in Southern Africa Attended by 26 persons in Lusaka, Zambia May 21- 25, 2007 Seminar on "African-Nordic collaboration on SFM" and seminar at SLU Attended by 75 persons in Stockholm & Umea, Sweden Nov 14- 16, 2007 Workshop on "Lessons and way forward with SFM in the Sahel" Attended by 32 persons in Bamako, Mali The consultations that took place in arriving at consensus on the need for AFF, its structure, modus operandi, location of the Secretariat, among others decisions.

6 THIS IS WHY WE ARE HERE The forests of Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) are varied, rich in biological diversity and supply a variety of products and services for rural and urban communities. However, in the last several decades much has been lost to deforestation and degradation prompting numerous policy, legislative, and institutional reforms as well as initiatives, programs, and projects. Effective management and use of Africa’s forests is a priority to public as well as private actors but there has been limited success in analysing lessons in a systematic and unbiased way to support these efforts. The purpose of the AFF is to provide a platform for information sharing and expertise and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources as part of efforts to reduce poverty, promote economic and social development and protect the environment. WoodEnergyFoodMedicineClimateWaterTourism

7 THIS IS OUR FOCUS Networking: The main thrust of this strategic objective is to build and strengthen networking among the many and varied stakeholders in forestry in Africa with the purpose of sharing relevant information among stakeholders in African forestry. Programming: The main thrust of this strategic objective is to develop, solicit funding for, and implement specific programs, projects and activities that address the priority issues and opportunities in African forestry. Advocacy: The main thrust of this strategic objective is to raise the profile of forestry, highlight threats to forest resources and the environment, and champion better management of African forests. In defining and delivering our message we consider the local culture and collaborate closely with local stakeholders. Networking ProgrammingAdvocacy

8 THESE ARE OUR MEMBERS The AFF is an association of individuals with: considerable and relevant experience and knowledge, interest in forest and tree resources, in positions in public or private life to influence the management, use and conservation of these resources, and a degree of seniority in their chosen professions or positions in society. By 2010, there are over 540 Forum members, who make their time, resources, and energy available to achieve AFF’s mission. These members come from 44 countries of Africa as well as 13 countries from Europe, Asia, and North America. Our members are active stakeholders from public institutions, private sector, NGOs, the academia, civil societies as well as development partner organizations. The Governing Council scrutinises and approves applications for membership. The Forum also has observers from key organisations.

9 11 541 29 17 24 41 15 39 11 9 29 17 1 14 8 34 2 2 12 2 7 3 4 2 1 8 3 16 7 14 1 4 3 4 3 56 2 8 1 1 13 Number of AFF members inside Africa (44 Countries) Number of AFF members outside Africa (13 Countries) Total number of AFF members, 2007-2010 (57 Countries) 3 2 35 506

10 THESE ARE OUR CURRENT ACTIVITIES The current activities of AFF are in seven areas, structured in one programme of 3-5 years. They are: 1.Information generation, sharing and uptake, 2.Good forest governance, 3.Effects of, and mitigation and adaptation to, climate change, 4.Forest-water relations and management, 5.Strengthening Africa in international and regional dialogues on forestry and related areas, 6.Rehabilitation of public forest plantations in eastern Africa, and 7.The potential for collaboration between African and Swedish forest institutions. NetworkingProgrammingAdvocacy Organisational development

11  Modernising and improving public forest administrations  Development of business models that link primary forest production to markets  Opportunities and challenges in developing and managing forest plantations  Improving forest concessions to enhance sustainable forest management.  Enhancing commercialisation of tree crops on farms  Enhancing community based forest management contribution to livelihoods  Strengthening forestry education and research  Forests and climate change: awareness, adaptation, mitigation and carbon trade  Support to Africa in international negotiations on forestry  Bio-energy: opportunities, constraints and threats to forestry and livelihoods  The increasing competition for land between “food- fuel-fibre” (the 3 Fs)  Transferring relevant lessons and experiences from outside the continent to Africa.  Information management and dissemination  Rehabilitation of degraded forests and parklands.  Forest-water relations: safeguarding water supplies and livelihoods. Improved forest managementAreas/Issues that cut acrossPoverty alleviation/improving rural livelihoodsEnvironmental protectionPriority areas in the medium to long term

12 THIS IS HOW WE WORK The AFF works through its members and the Secretariat. Networking through electronic media is the main mechanism for exchanging information, ideas and views. The Members’ Forum, the Governing Council, the Executive Committee, and the Secretariat are the key organs of the Forum. In executing its projects, programmes and activities; AFF will employ one or more of the following approaches: Constitutes task forces, think tanks and committees to analyse and give advice on specific issues, problems and potentials. Commissions experts and institutions to carry out studies and research tasks to generate knowledge. Organises workshops, seminars and conferences. Initiates and implements pilot projects with African and/or other partner institutions. Issues reports, publications and other relevant material emanating from its work. Provides a systematic information base on forests and trees in Africa. It should be represented at relevant international and regional meetings on forests. Who are our stakeholders What do they value What is our mission What are our results What is the plan

13 THESE ARE OUR PARTNERS The AFF works with a variety of partnerships, formal and informal, within and outside the continent, and with forestry and non-forestry bodies including: African Development Bank (AfDB) Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) African Forest Research Network (AFORNET) at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) African Union Commission (AUC) NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) World Conservation Union (IUCN)-Eastern Africa Regional Office Commision des Forêts d’ Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) Royal Swedish Academy for Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) Many African forestry research, education and development institutions and networks

14 THESE ARE OUR VALUES Our core values: Transparency in all that AFF does Accountability to the AFF constituency Integrity that ensures that AFF can be trusted in all aspects of its work Honesty in handling resources, implementing AFF activities and reporting Professionalism in all that AFF does Respect for others, including those who depend on forest and tree resources and AFF stakeholders Observance of ethics in all aspects of the work of AFF. Our guiding principles: Benefiting humanity and the environment Equitable access to and use of forest and tree resources Applying the best available knowledge in the management of tree and forest resources Increasing the forest cover Inter-sectoral integration and synergy Working in partnership with relevant stakeholders Observance of rights and privileges of people residing in and around forests. Partnership Equity Integrity

15 Background: Good forest governance and law enforcement are areas that are acquiring increasing prominence in the global forest arena. Their success will largely depend on overall governance and law enforcement in individual countries. In 2008/09 the AFF continued to collaborates with the East African Community-EAC, the African Forest Research Network-AFORNET, the World Bank, IUCN, and the Finnish Embassy in Nairobi on introducing FLEG to some Eastern African countries. Secretariat staff participated in meetings and workshops in EA and the Sahelian countries related to FLEG. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Sahelian countries have yet to be collectively engaged in a FLEG process. Since this is a bottom up participatory process, the speed with which the SADC and the EAC secretariats, together with member countries, move on the FLEG issues determines how the AFF could engage in this process in the two sub-regions. Activity 1. Build synergies with other players in good forest governance, especially the FLEG process being established in East Africa, to which AFF (through the previous SFM II project) is already a partner. Activity 2. Explore, with other partners, the state of trade in forest products and services, and mechanisms for creating a fair trade approach to these. Output 1: Good forest governance and forest law enforcement better understood and possibly subscribed to within a sub-regional context Output 2: Fair trade practices in forest products better understood, promoted, and possibly subscribed to within a sub-regional context Expected outcomes: 1.Increased participation in FLEGT processes by stakeholders 2.Good forest governance and law enforcement enhanced and possibly institutionalised 3.Improved understanding of forest tenure practices 4.Improved pricing mechanisms initiated for forest/tree products and services Component 2: Good forest governance and law enforcement:

16 Providing regional input: 1.Workshop on forest dialogue for West Africa: Accra, 26-29 January 2009. 2.Sahelian regional workshop on “Moving beyond forestry laws through collective learning and action”: 04-08 May 2009, Bamako, Mali. 3.Meeting of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) stakeholders held on 31st March 2009, Nairobi (for EAC). Preparing policy briefs: Improving Forest Governance in East Africa—How Far Have We Come? This is a FLEGT policy brief draft with EAC, IUCN, AFORNET and the Embassy of Finland in Kenya. Forging key alliances: The Forum held a meeting with the Director of the Lusaka Agreement Task Force on 11 June 2010. Both organisations updated each other on current activities and planned on how to collaborate on FLEGT issues in Africa. Introducing FLEG in the Sahel region: Plans are made for a FLEGT workshop that will be organized in Bamako, Mali, by AFF in collaboration with CILSS, ECOWAS and ICRAF on 28-29 October 2010. The workshop will bring together forestry representatives of the nine Sahelian countries together with four country representatives of the agriculture sector to discuss the FLEGT issues and develop a roadmap for the sub-region. Commissioning the writing of key papers: Two consultants are finalising two background documents on FLEGT and two on Forest-Water relations in the Sahel and some other West African countries. These background documents will be used during the October Bamako workshop on initiating a FLEGT process in the Sahel. In addition there will also be a paper on climate change and some of its impacts in the Sahelian region as well as an ICRAF presentation on conservation agriculture with trees. Progress on implementation:

17 Contact us: The Executive Secretary African Forest Forum United Nations Avenue, Gigiri P.O.Box 30677-00100, Nairobi, Kenya Phone: +254 20 722 4000, Fax: +254 20 722 4001 Email:; Website:


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