Recognizing the interlinkages between poverty and forest dependency in Africa, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)’s Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme has prepared an upcoming policy brief entitled, ‘Forests, Trees and Alleviation of Poverty in Africa: An Expanded Policy Brief’. This policy brief is prepared by eight internationally distinguished scientists with expertise in Africa, 9 regional experts, and in consultation with 200 local stakeholders in Africa. The publication will outline the most important scientific evidence on the role of forests and trees in poverty alleviation measures in the African context, and present key conclusions to be taken into account by decision-makers in Africa.
IUFRO-GFEP will launch the policy brief at the UN HLPF 2021 in a live webinar. The webinar will highlight the interactions between forests, trees, and poverty in the context of Africa and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by highlighting the nexus between SDG 1: No poverty and SDG 15: Life on land as well as links to other relevant SDGs. Doris Mutta, African Forest Forum, and Daniel Miller, University of Illinois, authors and editors of the policy brief, will present the main findings and key messages of the policy brief. Several other authors and regional experts from different parts of Africa will also join in as discussants. Followed by the keynote presentation and the discussants, the floor will be opened for further discussions and questions.