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Improving Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Management of Dryland Forests of Eastern and Southern Africa


To support the development of a sub-Saharan forestry strategy that will outline the challenges and opportunities for developing forestry in the Africa Region, this study will look in greater depth at issues in the dryland ecosystems, building on existing programs and projects, literature, lessons learnt from the past while developing operational recommendations.  


This knowledge activity seeks to build on the valuable analysis conducted on policies, incentives and options for the rural poor in the Miombo Woodlands of Southern Africa, funded by PROFOR, by bringing in analysis from Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

It will also go a step further to understand the impacts of climate change on the development of forests: while climate change scenarios predict limited change in average rainfall at the national level, across the sub-region far greater variability and less rainfall coupled with increased intensity of erosive storms are expected.  Such impacts are further exacerbated by ongoing and escalating environmental degradation and deforestation of these forests, and need to be better understood.


This activity is ongoing.  Results will be shared on this page when they become available. 

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Last Updated : 05-23-2017