AFF voices the concerns of African forestry stakeholders, and to use science, indigenous knowledge, and experience to advocate for increasing relevance of forests and trees outside forests to peoples’ livelihoods, national economies and the stability of the environment.
The African Forest Forum is an association of individuals with a commitment to the sustainable management, wise use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources for the socio-economic well-being of its peoples and for the stability and improvement of its environment.
We provide independent analysis and advice to national, regional and international institutions and actors, on how economic, food security and environmental issues can be addressed through the sustainable management of forests and trees.
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.
The four key strategic objectives of the AFF in the short and medium term (5-15 years) are as follows:
- Build and strengthen networking among the many and varied stakeholders in forestry in Africa.
- Develop, solicit funding for, and implement specific programs, projects and activities that address already identified priority issues and opportunities in African forestry.
- Raise the profile of forestry, highlight threats to forest resources and the environment, and champion better management of African forests.
- Undertake an institutional organizational development of AFF, including its Secretariat and governance structures